Our History

We exist to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity, and we are the only organisation in the UK to do so. Originally set up by Sport England, in partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality, since 2007 we have been a fully independent body and a national partner of both Sport England and Sport Scotland.

We have three primary aims

1.

To raise awareness and understanding of the needs of Ethnically Diverse Communities within the sports and health sector, in order to change attitudes and increase participation in sport and physical activity.

2.

To empower individuals and communities to play a part in this change, and achieve their full potential through playing sport and being active.

3.

To advise and support policy-makers and delivery bodies to be inclusive of all under-represented groups, drawing on our experience with Ethnically Diverse Communities.

Our five outcomes are:

Increasing Participation

Identifying & Showcasing Talent

Diversifying Sport Sector

Improving Health & Lifestyles

Building Cohesive Communities

Governance

Code for Sports Governance

Sporting Equals is committed to high standards of governance and we’re proud to have achieved compliance against Tier 3 of the Code for Sports Governance (with confirmation of compliance received from Sport England during August 2018). Work to maintain compliance is ongoing as part of our good governance.

Safeguarding

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is our Head of Governance and Administration who can be contacted at mbagley@sportingequals.org.uk

Annual Report and Accounts

Sporting Equals’ Annual Report and Accounts can be viewed on the Charity Commission’s website.

Registered Charity

Sporting Equals is registered as a charity in England and Wales (1119365) and is registered with Companies House as a Private Limited Company by guarantee (05853520). We’re governed by the rules and regulations within our Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We believe in inclusion by supporting and empowering our staff. Our Diversity Action Plan sets out how we will take this further and direct our focus into growing and engaging wider communities through inclusion and equality of opportunities.

Data Protection

Sporting Equals takes data protection seriously and is committed to ensuring that your personal information is handled in accordance with applicable data protection laws. We are registered with the Information Commissions Office the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights.

If you have any questions or concerns about data protection please contact our Head of Governance and Administration who can be contacted at mbagley@sportingequals.org.uk

Board of Trustees

Sporting Equals is governed by a Board of Trustees who collectively govern and take decisions to ensure the charity fulfils its purpose and remains sustainable. As Sporting Equals is both a charity and company, Sporting Equals’ Trustees are also company Directors (Non-Executive Directors) and therefore beholden to both charity and company law.

Sporting Equals’ Board of Trustees currently includes the Chair, Senior Independent Director and seven other Trustees. Sporting Equals’ Trustees are volunteers who bring valued experience to Sporting Equals from a range of backgrounds. Sporting Equals’ is committed to gender diversity and our current board composition is 33% male and 66% female. Please see ‘Our Team‘ to find out more about our Trustees.

Sporting Equals’ Board of Trustees has three sub-committees where Trustees with specific skills and experience can focus on priority governance areas in more detail (Finance Committee, Audit Committee, HR & Remunerations Committee) and, in addition, Nominations Committee is dealt with by the Full Board.