Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive, Alison Oliver, has announced a new equality drive with Sporting Equals, an organisation that promotes ethnic diversity in sport, at their Leaderboard event in London.
Alison addressed attendees at the event, which brought together professionals from the corporate, public and third sectors, former athletes, CEOs and Board representatives from the sport sector who are championing equality in sport, and launch Future Sport Leaders.
The Youth Sport Trust will work with Sporting Equals on a Future Sport Leaders programme, which aims to increase the number of young people from BAME (black, asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds becoming decision makers within their local schools and communities. The ambition is to give young people aged 15-18, the chance to positively shape the sport and physical activity offer for their peers.
The Future Sport Leaders conference will take place on 10 February in Manchester offering up to 80 young people, the opportunity to be part of interactive workshops to develop their communication, decision-making and influencing skills. The aim following the conference is that each attendee will take on a decision-making role in their school or community with the support from a teacher, mentor or coach. At the event, the young people will also hear from motivational speakers across the sporting landscape including former Olympic sprint champion, Jason Gardener.
Applications are open to motivated young people from BAME communities who are currently involved in a school or community club or group and want to take on a decision-making role to positively influence the sport offer available to other young people. Applications can be made here and close on 30 December.
Ahead of the conference Alison Oliver commented:
At the Youth Sport Trust, one of our core commitments is to increase equality in PE and school sport. Through our partnership with Sporting Equals, we hope to inspire and support a more diverse group of young people to contribute to decision-making processes in their schools and communities. Our ambition is to heighten their voice, build an appetite to lead and over time address some of the under-representation we see in the governance and leadership of sport in their country.
“Future Sport Leaders is an exciting partnership and we are extremely grateful to Sporting Equals for their insight and expertise and Sport England for the Lottery Funding which is helping to get this pilot off the ground. We believe the project has the potential to positively influence the way sport is offered to all young people, and create a new generation of role models who truly reflect the communities they are part of.”
The leadership conference is part of a wider partnership with Sporting Equals, which will see the Youth Sport Trust sponsor the Young Person of the Year Award at the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards taking place in March 2017.
Arun Kang, Chief Executive at Sporting Equals said: “"We are extremely pleased to be working in partnership with Youth Sport Trust on their Future Leaders Project. As we have seen with the recent equality data, there is a lack of leaders in the sport sector from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Supporting the Future Leaders Project ensures that, in the long term, BAME leaders in sport will organically grow in numbers in the sport sector and working on projects such as this will empower BAME young people, who are passionate about sport, to be prepared to lead in the future".