Inclusion in Sport and Physical Activity
Inclusive means welcoming everyone, regardless of age, gender, race and ability.
Here at Sport Birmingham, we are committed to creating and promoting accessible opportunities for all. We work to inform, educate and support our partners in order that true equality and diversity is advocated and afforded for everyone in the city.
- Sport Birmingham Equality Policy (PDF, 756 Kb)
The Equality Standard For Sport
Sport Birmingham has achieved the Preliminary of the Equality standard. (See above)
The Equality Standard is a framework and vehicle for widening access and increasing the participation and involvement in sport and physical activity from under represented individuals, groups and communities, especially women and girls, ethnic minority groups and disabled people. It will assist sports organisations in developing equality-proofed policies, structures and processes and will allow for performance to be assessed, ensuring continuous improvement in equality (Sport England).
For further information on sports equity please visit the Sport England Website
Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Sport
The national organisation Sporting Equals exists to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity, and is the only organisation in the UK to do so. Originally set up in 1998 by Sport England, in partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality, they are now a fully independent body with a well-established mission.
Sporting Equals has three aims:
- To raise awareness and understanding of the needs of black and minority ethnic communities within the sports and health sector, in order to change attitudes and increase participation in sport and physical activity
- To empower individuals and communities to play a part in this change, and achieve their full potential through playing sport and being active
- To advise and support policy-makers and delivery bodies to be inclusive of all under-represented groups, drawing on our experience with black and minority ethnic communities
Sporting Equals have worked in partnership to deliver a number of projects across the country. For further information on these projects visit the Sporting Equals website.
Women and Girls
Women in Sport is the Equality Body that campaigns to make physical activity an everyday part of life for women and girls.
The charity's main areas of focus include Playing Sport, Leading and Working in Sport and Visibility for Women's Sport.
This Girl Can
A national campaign that was launched in January 2015. Developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations, This Girl Can aims to inspire more women and girls to become active and conquer fear of judgement as the primary barrier.
In the year since it was launched, the campaign has proved a huge success. According to a report by Sport England, This Girl Can has inspired 2.8 million women to do more physical activity (figures are based on a sample survey of 1,000 women, in which 40% said they had done more exercise as a direct result of seeing the campaign), and the result of Sport England's Active People Survey, published in December 2015, show that the number of women being active for at least 30 minutes each week has increased by 148,000. The This Girl Can film has now been viewed 37 million times online and there have been 660,000 tweets using the campaign's official hashtag.
In Birmingham, we have been working alongside Birmingham City Council to harness the ethos of the campaign by supporting and empowering local organisations to deliver their own locally-inspired #ThisBrumGirlCan activities.
Pride Sports is the UK's LGBT Sports Development and Equity organisation and is one of only two organisations in the UK working to challenge homophobia in sport and improve access to sport for all LGBT people across the world.
Locally, Birmingham LGBT is the city's leading charity advocating for and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in the city and beyond. They offer a range of services focused on improving the wellbeing and sexual health of individuals.
We are proud and committed to working closely with National Governing Bodies of Sport, the Local Authority, School Sports Networks, local disability groups, charities and local clubs to increase the number of disabled people participating in sport and physical activity across Birmingham.
Please visit our Disability Sport page for further information about our work in this area.
Making your activities more Inclusive
Today sports can be adapted in many ways with many sports creating different versions of the game in order to cater for different disabilities.
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) provide an excellent online resource for you and your organisation to help you to improve provision and opportunities so that more disabled people can be active at a local level. The toolkit can be accessed here and is free to use: www.inclusion-club-hub.co.uk
For information on offering inclusive volunteering opportunities for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or additional support needs please click here.