Play With Pride was a National Lottery Awards for All funded project aiming to tackle homophobic behaviour and supporting LGBT+ young people within a sport and physical activity setting as a result of findings such as:
- 56% of LGBT+ women are not active enough to maintain good health
- 84% of gay men and 82% of gay women have experienced homophobic verbal slurs in sport settings
- 85% of bisexual men and 67% of bisexual women under the age of 22 are not ‘out’ to anyone in their sports team.
- 4/10 LGBT people don’t feel sport is welcoming.
Inequalities such as these show exactly why more work is needed to make Sport and Physical Activity inclusive for all. Sport and physical activity can enrich peoples lives in so many ways, boosting physical, mental and social wellbeing and bringing communities together. Play With Pride engaged members of the workforce to deliver more inclusive sessions by:
- Upskilling sport coaches and clubs through training workshops delivered by the Kite Trust
- Training young people to become ‘LGBT Leaders’.
- Working alongside LGBT Leaders to visit local clubs and award a ‘Rainbow Rating’ to help gauge how well they catered for the LGBT community.
- Delivering 2 ‘Play With Pride Sport Festivals’, raising awareness of physical activity offers and offering access to other LGBT support organisations and community groups.
- Creating two LGBT activity clubs, led by young people and inclusive, qualified coaches.
It is really important to remember that everyone can contribute towards making an inclusive club, it is not just the responsibility of one coach. There are a number of national campaigns that clubs and groups can support; June is Pride month, a fantastic opportunity to showcase LGBT+ inclusive stories. The Rainbow Laces Campaign is running from 22nd November – 8th December this year, you can register with Stonewall and receive a pair of rainbow laces to show your role as an LGBT+ ally.
For clubs and physical activity groups looking to be more LGBT+ inclusive there are a number of resources available:
Stonewall – Top tips for being an inclusive sports club
Stonewall – Top tips for using inclusive language
For those looking to be more trans inclusive, Gendered Intelligence have a comprehensive resource library available here.
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