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#TellYourStory – Campaign!

#TellYourStory - Sport England Ireland Scotland & Wales

#TellYourStory – Sport England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK Sport & Wales!

originally posted at sportengland.org 

Around 600 Black, Asian and minority ethnic people will be given the opportunity to tell their story of racial inequality in sport as the five UK sports councils begin their lived experiences audit.

In September Sport England along with UK Sport,  Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland were joining forces to tackle racism and racial inequalities across their nations.

The aim was to develop a collective plan to help build a sporting community that’s reflective of the societies they represent. And part of that announcement was a commitment to making a safe space for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people to recount their experiences of racial inequality.

The campaign will run until Monday 15 February 2021 and you can take part using the link below


The alliance of sports councils has now appointed AKD Solutions to create a lived experiences opportunity and launched the #TellYourStory campaign, asking people to share their knowledge and understanding of accessing, being involved in, or being excluded from sport.

The Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University has also been appointed to bring together existing data on race and ethnicity in sport, to identify gaps within these records and gain greater insight into participation and progression barriers.

Both pieces of work will make clear recommendations for change that the sports councils can then take forward.

“No matter what your background, you should always feel able to take part, to feel welcome and to feel safe in sport at any level,” said Tim Hollingsworth, our chief executive.

“But for too long, deep-rooted issues have led to racial inequalities and racism going unchecked and the voices of those who have been most affected have been silenced or ignored.

“This is finally changing and part of our work as the leaders of the UK’s five sports councils is to be part of that change and to gather a clear picture of where we are today and to fully understand what people have experienced.

“This project is an important next step and I am delighted we are taking it.”

Through the #TellYourStory campaign, 600 personal stories will be collected via virtual forums and stories submitted to the campaign’s website – either in written, audio or video form.


For too long, deep-rooted issues have led to racial inequalities and racism going unchecked and the voices of those who have been most affected have been silenced or ignored

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief executive, Sport England

These opportunities will allow BAME people to speak frankly about their experiences, including historical and present-day issues, in a safe environment and without criticism or prejudice.

It’s a move welcomed by UK Sport chief executive officer Sally Munday.

“Creating the opportunity to hear lived experiences is a much needed and fundamental step in doing everything we can to stamp out racism and build a sporting community that truly reflects the diversity of our society,” she said.

“We’re offering the platform for necessary changes to be made to ensure the sport we all know and love is truly inclusive.

“The campaign offers a safe space for those we need to hear from most to be open and honest and through this we will be presented with clear learnings and recommendations for change.

“The outcomes of the #TellYourStory campaign and the work undertaken by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University will allow us to be in a place to better understand and engage on the issues of racism and racial inequality that exist in our sector and act as a result.

“We recognise that while individually each sports council has sought to tackle the issue, it has not gone far enough or been done collectively. Working in partnership as sports councils, we are determined to take the lead and drive the change we want to see.”

The data study undertaken by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University will focus on the workforce in sport, from volunteers to the paid workforce and senior leadership, as well as participants in sport – from grassroots to talent and high-performance.

Both pieces of work are expected to be completed by March, after which they’ll be consolidated to produce a final report and a roadmap for action as part of the Tackling Racism & Racial Inequality in Sport initiative.

The campaign will run until Monday 15 February 2021 and you can take part using the link below



originally posted at sportengland.org 


Join the Movement ! Casting call out! – Sport England

Join the Movement Casting call out from sport England!

Casting call out   –  PEOPLE OF BRITAIN

Have you, the family or friends been keeping active and healthy through the pandemic crisis?  Then we want to hear your exercise stories to celebrate your resolve and work with you to bring

Your story to life in an exciting photo and video campaign for Sport England.
Fun stuff, sweaty stuff, peaceful stuff, creative stuff, indoors, outdoors and at home. We want to highlight your resilience and determination with the positive ways you’ve been finding to unwind.

*If submitting as a family or friends, you must live together due to COVID-19*

  • ALL ages welcome
  • ALL ethnicities welcome
  • ALL abilities welcome
  • SHOOT DATES 16 December (approx.)
  • MUST be based in England

We’d love to hear from you!

If you’re interested and would like to apply, visit

You can also check out our website here:


An inclusive response to COVID-19 in sport and activity

An inclusive response to COVID-19 in sport and activity - 17 Nov 2020

An inclusive response to COVID-19 in sport and activity Online Event!

New speakers confirmed and opportunity to submit your questions

More than 400 people have registered so far, which shows how important this topic is to so many of us across the country.

Bringing together disabled people’s experiences with leaders from the sport and leisure sector, this is an event not to be missed. While sport and leisure continue to go through challenging times, the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people has led to widening inequalities. Join Activity Alliance Chief Executive, Barry Horne, alongside fellow leaders Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England, and Huw Edwards, ukactive, for a live event.

They will explore how we can collectively deliver an inclusive response to COVID-19. Marc Woods, Chair of CIMSPA and former Paralympic swimmer, will host this all-important event.

Booking required

Tuesday 17 November 2020,  10:00 – 11:30am. Event registration page on Eventbrite.

Activity Alliance is the leading national charity working towards fairness for disabled people in sport and activity. This event will address the growing concern that disabled people may become the forgotten audience as the nation’s activity level increases.

Sport and leisure positively change lives. Before the pandemic, there was good progress in closing the unjust gap between disabled and non-disabled people’s activity levels. By the end of 2019, we witnessed the highest number recorded for disabled people’s activity levels in Sport England’s Active Lives Adult survey. However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic presents a huge challenge for disabled people and the sporting world.

At this event, our speakers will talk about the need for innovative and accessible responses at all levels of sport and leisure. Influential leaders’ perspectives will combine with disabled people’s real lived experiences and their hopes for the future.

This event is ideal for:

Local and national policy and decision makers in sport, leisure, health, and education

Professionals working with disabled people

Cost: Free of charge

This event will provide British Sign Language interpretation and captions.

For any additional information please email Jannine Walker, National Events Manager at events@activityalliance.org.uk or call 0161 200 5445

Booking Below

Tuesday 17 November 2020,  10:00 – 11:30am. Event registration page on Eventbrite.

Speaker latest

We are delighted to inform you that Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has added her voice to this all-important event. Her crucial views will be shown on the day in a specially recorded interview.

Also, we are excited that TV’s The Last Leg presenter, Alex Brooker will be joining us to talk through his experiences this year.

Submit your question for consideration

We want to gather the type of issues you are interested in knowing more on. So, we are encouraging attendees to submit questions for our sport sector leaders ahead of the event.

These questions are for Barry Horne – Activity Alliance’s CEO, Tim Hollingsworth – Sport England’s CEO and Huw Edwards – ukactive’s CEO.

Due to the tight event schedule and time limitations, we cannot promise your question will be asked. But we will collate the range of topics and provide further information where possible after the event.

You can submit your questions for consideration using our online Slido form. Deadline for submitting your questions is Sunday 8 November 2020.

If you have further queries, please email Jannine Walker on events@activityalliance.org.uk or call 0161 200 5445.



Staying Active at Home!

Staying active at home - Sport England advice and links

Staying active at home- Sport England’s advice and links

Sport England has compiled some of the most useful tips on how you can get active when you’re at home, if you’re well enough.

Original post by sportengland.org

How to stay active while you’re at home

More and more of us are spending time at home and thinking about other ways of being active.

Official advice is now recommending against non-essential contact and all unnecessary travel – including working from home if you can – which means our routines are going to be changing.

So with lots of people staying at home, we’ve compiled into one place some of the most handy exercise ideas that are out there for keeping active in and around your home.

And if you’ve found a great way to keep active online, use the hashtag #StayInWorkOut on social media to share it with others.

Remember to check government advice if you think you have any symptoms linked to coronavirus.

Exercising at home

Here is a Link to the Eyes-Free Fitness®  Audio exercise programs on the metro website: https://blindsport.uk/AudioExercise

All programs are completely free – no strings attached.

Example of an Audio Mini Workout  below:

This Girl Can has put together a useful list of exercises to try at home, from table top press ups to living room wall sits – and they’re great for women and men alike.

Ways to exercise at home

If you’re older

The Chief Medical Officer’s own physical activity guidance highlights the benefits of maintaining muscle strength, balance and flexibility.

These specific exercises are great for all ages, but particularly if you’re over 65:

Online home workouts

If you can’t go to the gym, or perhaps don’t want to, you can bring the gym into your own home.

There are a number of websites with online home workouts that you can watch and do whenever you want, some for free or with a free trial. For example,

  • Fitness Blender has over 500 free workout videos
  • Les Mills has a 14-day free trial that gives you access to over 800 online workouts

Other gym-free workouts

From sofa workouts to cardio jumps, the NHS has put together illustrated guides showing some other equipment-free workouts, many of which you can do at home.

Gym-free workouts

Only got a few minutes? The NHS’ 10-minute workout ideas are perfect if you’ve only got a bit of spare time when you’re at home.

10-minute workouts

With the kids

These Disney dance-alongs are a perfect, and fun, way to get active with the kids. One of the dance-alongs, which This Girl Can has made in partnership with Disney, is below, but you can get moving to all of them by clicking the button below.

Dance with the kids


And Change4Life has created some Disney-themed indoor games and activities, including a Toy Story 4-inspired Find Forky game, that are bundles of fun and will get the kids moving.

Indoor activities for kids

There are also lots of ways to keep disabled children and young people active indoors, including a seated version of a classic obstacle race.

Accessible activities

If you’ve got a bit more space

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active, if you have some space or you’re able to leave your house, of course.

Find out a bit more about its benefits and take a look at some other useful resources.

More about walking

The Active 10 app, from the NHS, is a great way to help you monitor and gradually increase your brisk walking levels over time.

It’s available to download via the App Store and Google Play.

Active 10

And if you’ve got a garden, you could use the extra space to play a few games – from frisbee if you’re with others, to football.

Original post by sportengland.org



Talent Plan for England

Sport England's Talent Plan for England

Welcome to Sport England’s Talent Plan for England

We want England to have the best talent system in the world.

We’re already a hugely successful sporting nation. Our country enjoyed record performances at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, while English athletes made up more than 80% of the hugely successful Team GB and ParalympicsGB in the most recent summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This success has been made possible by excellent performance programmes underpinned by effective talent systems – but we know we can’t take this success for granted.

That’s why we’ve produced our Talent Plan for England, which outlines our principles for investing in talent and explains how we can help produce the athletes that will star on the international stage in the future.

Phil Smith, our director of sport, says that while we should be proud of what has already been achieved, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. “In this plan we’re building on success,” he explained.

“We’ve set ourselves a high bar but believe we can create the world’s best sporting talent system.”


Our plan states that how we win is as important as what we win. As such, our plan has twin objectives of progression and inclusion.

It underlines that, for everyone in the talent system, sport should remain a positive experience and the system is also accessible to everyone who has ability and potential to succeed at the highest level regardless of their background.

“The experience young athletes receive will have a lasting effect on not only their sporting performance, but also their mental and physical health,” added Phil. “Training to win and enjoying the experience should not be mutually exclusive.

Judo hold

“Secondly, as fans we want to see sports teams that reflect the best of our nation and our population, in all its diversity. We have a concern that not only the culture of talent pathways, but also the sheer cost of being talented, may be a real barrier to this.”

Our talent plan has seven guiding principles describes how the England talent system is structured, outlines in brief how we work with key partners and provides some working definitions of terminology often used to describe various aspects of the Talent Pathway.

Download the Talent Plan for England PDF: blindsport.uk/SETalentPlan

Website:  https://www.sportengland.org/