"The new strategy presents a real opportunity to promote inclusion in sport from playing pitches to boardrooms. We welcome the emphasis on government departments working in a more joined-up way as this will be necessary if we are to tackle the barriers that prevent many black and minority ethnic (BME) communities getting involved. "
"We are particularly pleased that the government are keen to improve diversity within the boardrooms in the governing bodies in sport. Sporting Equals's "LeaderBoard" initiative is already exploring ways to do this by working with Sport England, UK Sport and several National Governing Bodies of sport as we feel that this will lead to improved business performance and better informed decision-making when it comes to attracting under-represented groups into sport. Currently BME communities make up only 3% of board positions in NGBs in sport and this needs to improve".
"Our research carried out with some BME communities, such as south Asian women for example, has highlighted to need to provide bespoke sporting offers for this group, and it is great that the new strategy is talking about customer-centric approaches. Sporting Equals has been working with faith centres in cities which have significant BME populations and we have been able to develop sport and physical activity projects that are tailored to local peoples' needs."
Breaking Boundaries City Leadership Events
Connecting Communities through Cricket, Breaking Boundaries, is a three-year project (2018 - 2021) bringing together young people, their families and communities, through regular engagement in cricket, playing, spectating and volunteering. The project will use the spark of the 2019 World Cup to make the most of crickets potential to bring different ethnic and faith communities closer together into one cricket community and foster mutual respect and friendships.
Black History Month 'COACH' Exhibition
To celebrate Black History Month, the Houses of Parliament will be host to a photographic exhibition, 'COACH', to showcase the contributions made by Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) coaches in athletics.
Sporting Equals has created a unique Leaderboard Academy in partnership with the University of Leicester, we are seeking suitable candidates to help support greater diversity within the boardrooms of sport.
Making Equals Slough
Slough Making Equals will take place on the 30th August at Slough and Eton School. The event which is supported by our Trustee Christine Ohuruogu will bring 100 young people together to help build bridges between local communities, develop skills and build a new generation of young leaders.
FA 'Bringing Opportunities to Communities' Consultation Forums 2018
Come along and have your say through the FA consultation forums which are taking place in October/November 2018
This month sees the start of Ramadan - fasting month for Muslims
The holy month of Ramadan started on the 17th May, a period of fasting and religious focus for millions of Muslims across the globe.