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British Triathlon joins with Sport and recreation sector to commit to tackling inequality

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The appalling death of George Floyd, the global protests that have followed and the powerful message of the Black Lives Matter movement has made every section of society take notice and confront an ugly truth.

Sport and recreation has an influential role to bring about meaningful change and this period has rightly led the sector to reflect, listen, question, learn and openly discuss how to take positive action.

It is acknowledged that up to this point, we have not done enough.

It is time to confront racism and inequality that exists across sport, from grassroots participation through to the boardroom.

Research by the Sport and Recreation Alliance (2018) showed that four in ten (40%) of BAME participants have endured a negative experience in sport or physical activity settings, more than double that of white participants. 

A 2020 Sport England report demonstrates that just over 50% of black people in England meet the recommended levels of physical activity each week.

The Diversity in Sport Governance report (2018/19) identified there is only 5% BAME board representation across Sport England and UK Sport funded organisations.

Constructive work has already been started to address a number of these problems including a committed effort to increase boardroom diversity, additional funding to tackle inequality and an array of inspiring inclusiveness projects from across the sport and recreation sector. This can only be seen as the start.

Systemic change must be made at all levels so that we can become truly reflective of our wonderfully diverse society. We can no longer rely on black role models at the elite level speaking out, we must join together to become better and to support every member of the sport and recreation community.

We must become more inclusive. We must create opportunities which are truly accessible. We must do more.

To help us achieve this, there has to be a commitment for a significant increase in resources and funding, as has been dedicated to address other areas of inequality. We have welcomed the recent news of the Sports Minister’s decision to review the Sports Governance Code.

There is no easy solution and change will require a consolidated approach both from within and outside of our sector. It is time to face awkward questions, to become involved in uncomfortable conversations and to hold ourselves to account.

List of Signatories

Angling Trust

Archery GB

Associated Board of Dance

Association for Physical Education

Association of British Riding Schools

Association of Colleges

Badminton England

Basketball England

Boccia England

Bowls England

British American Football

British Association for Shooting and Conservation

British Blind Sport

British Canoeing

British Cycling

British Dodgeball

British Dressage

British Fencing

British Gymnastics

British Kite Flying Association

British Martial Arts and Boxing Association

British Mountaineering Council

British Nordic Walking

British Orienteering

British Para Table Tennis

British Rowing

British Shooting

British Showjumping

British Student Taekwondo Federation

British Triathlon

British Universities & Colleges Sport

British Water Ski & Wakeboard

British Weight Lifting

British Wrestling

EMD UK

England and Wales Cricket Board

England Boxing

England Golf

England Hockey

England Korfball

England Lacrosse

England Netball

England Squash

English Ice Hockey Association

English Indoor Bowling Association

English Karate Federation

Federation of English Karate Associations

Goalball UK

Golf Club Managers Association

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby

Karate Union of Great Britain

Lawn Tennis Association

League Managers Association

Leap

Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport

LimbPower

North Yorkshire Sport

Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association

Para Dance UK

Pentathlon GB

Rounders England

Rugby Football League

Rugby Football Union

Skateboard England & Skateboard GB

Snowsport England

Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Sport and Recreation Alliance

Swim England

Table Tennis England

The British Sub-Aqua Club

The Eton Fives Association

The Golf Foundation

The Keep Fit Association

The Laban Guild for Movement and Dance

The National Association of Karate and Martial Arts Schools

The Professional Golfers' Association

Trail Riders Fellowship

Triathlon England

UK Athletics

UK Ultimate

UKA Dance

Yorkshire Sport Foundation

Youth Sport Trust

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