Instructors - Equality in Sport

Everybody should have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity regardless of sex, age, race or disability.

By 2008 the Department for Culture, Media, Sport hope to have raised participation in sport by three percent, from people over the age of 16 in under-represented groups.

Through Sport England they support a number of initiatives that increase participation from:

  • Black and ethnic minority groups
  • Women
  • Physically or mentally disabled people
  • Socio-economic groups C2, D and E

Sport England supports the Sports Equity Alliance, made up of Sporting Equals, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and the English Federation of Disability Sport, which acts as one voice on collaborative work on sports equity.

Sporting Equals
Works with key national umbrella organisations and sports governing bodies to develop policy and working practices to promote racial equality, including:

  • Administering the Sport for Communities Project, providing grants to increase participation in sport by ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees
  • Developing a Standard for Local Authority Sport and Leisure Services; Promoting Racial Equality Through Sport

This standard will help local authorities to plan, develop and promote racial equality through all their sports provision and services.

To learn more please visit the Sporting Equals website.

Women’s Sports Foundation
Primarily funded by Sport England, it is the UK’s lead organisation for women and sport. They:

  • Improve, increase and promote opportunities for women and girls in sport and other physical activities
  • Campaign for change at all levels of sport through raising awareness and influencing policy

The Foundation’s achievements include:

  • Women into Coaching, providing free training for more than 90 women in sports coaching and leadership
  • Quarterly Women in Sport Magazine, resource packs and guides for schools and clubs
  • Providing women with information about funding

To learn more please visit their website at

English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS)
An umbrella body for a number of England’s major disability sports organisations. It is the national body responsible for developing sport for disabled people in England.
To learn more please visit their website at

What is the Equality Standard and how can I apply for it?
The standard is a framework to help sports organisations widen access and reduce inequalities from under-represented individuals, groups and communities.

As well as improving equality practices, the Standard can help your organisation to:

  • Reach new audiences
  • Help to meet legal duties and reduce the risk of litigation
  • Enhance the skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers
  • Improve your chances of accessing funding and sponsorship

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