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The InclusiveSport Network – Creating inclusive cultures across community sport

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The InclusiveSport Network – Creating inclusive cultures across community sport

The BIG IDEAInclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

2 launch webinars

Tuesday 18th January 10 am GMT and Tuesday15th February 10 am GMT

The InclusiveSport Network - Creating inclusive cultures across community sport

The BIG IDEA - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

2 launch webinars

Tuesday 18th January 10 am GMT and Tuesday15th February 10 am GMT

Common approaches to creating inclusive cultures…

Every sporting organisation should be committed to being inclusive and open to their community regardless of age, gender, disability, cultural or religious background or sexual orientation, or other attributes that may lead to any person feeling excluded or isolated.

But, it also appears that there are too many siloes and vested interests when it comes to delivering Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility.

Clubs, bodies and providers are faced with many different groups that are facing disadvantages when it comes to getting involved with sport and physical activity. But we also strongly feel that there are common issues and that there should be common approaches to creating inclusive cultures across community sport

Yes, the complexities of gender inequality are different to cultural disadvantages – but in a helicopter view of inclusion, the big picture is very similar. Does your club reflect the diversity of your local community? Diversity is the mix of people, inclusion is trying to get the mix to all work together in harmony.

The demographic of the communities in which sport operates has also changed dramatically. Our culturally, linguistically and gender diverse communities are looking for sporting options and experiences that celebrate diversity, promote inclusion, and most importantly, make people feel like they belong.

We must develop community sports places that are welcoming to everyone and ‘not just people like ourselves’

We must develop pro-active behaviours, options and actions to make people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities feel welcome, respected and that they belong at your club/centre. Being inclusive is about following best practices for what sport/physical activity should be so that everyone can get the most out of it.

 We need to help community sport to

  • Become culturally aware – what do the ‘others’ look like?
  • Develop culturally competent communicators
  • Becoming welcoming to the WHOLE community