GB Snowsport has joined other National Governing Bodies in becoming a co-signatory of a statement issued by the Sport and Recreational Alliance (SRA) that has pledged a sector wide commitment to tackle inequality and bring about a meaningful change.
In aaddition Vicky Gosling has issued a statement. She says:
We need more than just words. Actions are needed to make real change.
The death of George Floyd and the global BLM movement has required all sporting bodies to look carefully at how they operate and whether they are genuinely inclusive and open. Unfortunately, inequalities do exist in society, however through history sport has been essential in removing barriers and overcoming prejudice. BLM tells us that more needs to be done.
When I joined GB Snowsport, I wanted to bring change within the organisation but also externally. We know that Snowsports can appeal to anyone, reach everyone and be inclusive, but we must increase our efforts to make sure that this really happens. We are going in the right direction, but we all need to challenge ourselves and to ask how we can do better.
We have to continue to change perceptions of snowsport for everyone in the country. Our education programmes and the work behind the scenes with different organisations is about making sure we become a more inclusive sport. The events of the last few weeks must further our resolve to work with the wider snowsport community and to deliver the change that we are all looking for.
To compete at the highest level in any sport is incredibly difficult so athletes should never face additional barriers of gender, age or race. This means we have to be accessible, supportive, caring and offer the same opportunity for everyone, from their first interest in snowsports to standing on a podium.
As an organisation we have to listen and want to hear what you have to say. So, please let us have any suggestions or thoughts you have on diversity and inclusion. We want to use your knowledge and experience to help keep developing snowsports for everyone. Please email – firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read the full Sport and Recreation Alliance statement here:
Sport and recreation sector commit to tackling inequality
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
- Activity Alliance
- Active Partnerships
- Angling Trust
- Archery GB
- Associated Board of Dance
- Association for Physical Education
- Association of British Riding Schools
- Association of Colleges
- Badminton England
- Basketball England
- Bowls Development Alliance
- Boccia England
- Bowls England
- British American Football
- British Association for Shooting and Conservation
- British Athletes Commission
- British Biathlon
- British Blind Sport
- British Canoeing
- British Cycling
- British Dodgeball
- British Dressage
- British Equestrian Federation
- British Eventing
- British Fencing
- British Gymnastics
- British Ice Skating
- British Judo Association
- British Kite Flying Association
- British Martial Arts and Boxing Association
- British Moutaineering Council
- British Nordic Walking
- British Orienteering
- British Para Table Tennis
- British Rowing
- British Shooting
- British Showjumping
- British Student Taekwondo Federation
- British Skydiving
- British Taekwondo
- British Tenpin Bowling Association
- British Triathlon
- British Universities & Colleges Sport
- British Water Ski & Wakeboard
- British Weight Lifting
- British Wrestling
- EMD UK
- England and Wales Cricket Board
- England Athletics
- England Boxing
- England Golf
- England Handball
- 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
- GB Snowsport
- Goalball UK
- Golf Club Managers Association
- Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby
- International Dance Teachers' Association
- Karate Union of Great Britain
- Kent Sport
- Lawn Tennis Association
- League Managers Association
- Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport
- London Sport
- London Sports Trust
- North Yorkshire Sport
- Northern Counties Dance Teacher Association
- Para Dance UK
- Parkour UK
- Pentathlon GB
- Rounders England
- Rugby Football League
- Rugby Football Union
- Skateboard England & Skateboard GB
- Snowsport England
- Sport Across Staffordshire & 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 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association
- UK Ultimate
- UKA Dance
- Volleyball England
- Women in Sport
- Yorkshire Sport Foundation
- Youth Sport Trust