Equity in Sport
Sport can and does play a major role in promoting the inclusion of all groups within Lancashire Sport Partnership. However, inequalities have traditionally existed within sport, particularly in relation to gender, race and disability.
What is Sport Equity?
'Sport Equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structures of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society, whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or social economic status'.
We are committed to creating opportunities for women and girls, people with disabilities and ethnic minority communities by:
- Developing a culture that enables and values the full involvement of all, embedding and promoting the principles of equality through the delivery of inclusive, high quality sport.
- Creating an environment in which all have equal opportunities to engage in high quality sport, whether as participants, competitors, volunteers, officials or administrators.
- Responding to the diverse needs, capabilities and preferences of all, by ensuring appropriate levels of challenge; and
- Overcoming potential barriers for those individuals and groups currently under-represented as participants.
The Lancashire Sport Partnership Board has endorsed our Equality Policy and the partnerships commitment towards achieving the Equality Standard - A framework for Sport.
We have been awarded the Foundation Level of the Equality Standard for Sport.
The Equality Standard is a national framework 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 people with disabilities. It is endorsed by the major Sporting bodies and Governing bodies who are working to the same standards.
For further information on the Equality Standard for Sport please visit www.equalityinsport.org.
Women and Girls in Sport
We know there are inequalities that exist in local sport and intend to make sure sport is inclusive to all including women and girls by using good practice examples provided by the Women Sport and Fitness Foundation.
The Women Sport and Fitness Foundation provides key information to support women and girls to participate and progress in sport and fitness.
Their aim is to increase the health, fitness and well-being of women and girls by making physical activity an integral part of their lives, where physical activity is defined as sport and exercise.
Their website provides information on issues that face women and girls, research carried out by the Women Sport and Fitness Foundation and information on how to get involved in sport and fitness. For more information on the Women Sport and Fitness Foundation please visit www.wsf.org.uk.
We are committed to addressing the barriers faced by people from ethnic minority backgrounds by working with a host of agencies such as Sporting Equals.
Commitment to racial equality in sport has clear social, economic and commercial benefits. It will encourage more people from all ethnic backgrounds to take part in sport so that there is more representation at all levels from participation to coaching, management and the administration of sports.
Sporting Equals exists to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity. Set up in 1998 by Sport England, in partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality, but now an independent body, they inform, influence and inspire in order to create an environment in which:
- BME communities can influence and participate in all aspects of sport and physical activity
- The governors and providers of sport and physical activity recognise and value a fully integrated and inclusive society
- Ethnic diversity is recognised and celebrated
For more information on Sporting Equals please visit www.sportingequals.org.uk.