Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire are dedicated to support sport and community clubs to be inclusive. Being inclusive can sometimes be difficult and may require a change in culture, forward-thinking leadership, appropriate club structure and a desire to be welcoming of all, regardless of: race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Club Matters explains how to be inclusive, covering how to be community centred, internally inclusive, and how to promote participation- learn more here.
Have you considered how inclusive your marketing and communication is? Being inclusive within your planning and delivery can help your message reach more people. Watch this video developed by the Activity Alliance as a useful starting point. You can also access their 'inclusive communications' YouTube playlist here.
Activity Alliance have also worked with Big Voice Communications and Sport England to develop a series of factsheets that are bursting with bitesize tips and better practice guidelines. Additionally, they have a comprehensive Inclusive Communications Guide that can be downloaded here.
Inclusive Communications Factsheets:
- Social media.
- Digital communications.
- Accessible budget.
Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is good practice for your club to adopt and publish an equity policy. Your sports National Governing Body may have a recommended equity policy for your sport, or you can use the Equity policy template provided by Club Matters.
To find out more, visit the Club Matters Equity Policy page.
Organisations Who Can Help
Women in Sport: Women in Sport dedicated to improving and promoting opportunities for women and girls in sport at every level. Their goal is to create a future where everyone can benefit from sport regardless of gender.
Sporting Equals: Sporting Equals actively promotes greater involvement by all communities that are disengaged, especially the black and minority ethnic (BME) population, in sport and physical activity.
Equality in Sport: The Sports Council Equality Group offers a framework for assisting sports clubs to widen access and reduce inequalities in sport and physical activity from under represented individuals, groups and communities.
Age UK: Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.
Pride Sports: Pride Sports is the UK's LGBT Sports Development and Equity organisation, working to challenge homophobia in sport and improve access to sport for all LGBT people across the world.
Activity Alliance: Activity Alliance works to make active lives possible by enabling organisations to support disabled individuals to be and stay active.