64% of non-binary people are not active enough to maintain good health. Meanwhile over 70% of gay men and lesbians are completely or partially in the closet when playing sports. This means there is an overwhelming number of people who don’t feel fully able to express themselves within a sports settings, potentially restricting enjoyment and participation. Play With Pride is aiming to increase LGBT+ representation within sport and physical activity across the county, providing a safe space for all to enjoy the many physical, mental and social benefits of physical activity.
As part of the Play With Pride project, Living Sport hosted two LGBT+ club and coach training evenings. The training was designed to help clubs, coaches and others working with young people to be more LGBT+ inclusive and was developed through a series of consultation events with young people across the county.
Hosted by 20Twenty productions and Peterborough Metal, Living Sport and the Kite Trust delivered the evening workshops to over 35 people from a variety of clubs and organisations. The workshops gave an introduction to terminology, an interactive quiz/discussion around LGBT+ representation in physical activity and wider society and the course also covered example case studies and then a discussion on how to be more inclusive in practice.
As the Active Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Living Sport aims to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the county through physical activity. If you want to find out further information about Play With Pride then please contact Tom.Oliver@livingsport.co.uk.