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Sport Wales To Tackle Barriers To Making Sport More Inclusive

Sport Wales launches new research which shows people from Black and other Ethnic Minority (BME) communities still face barriers to participating in sport.

Sport WalesSport Wales is calling for the Welsh sporting sector to join it in stepping up to the plate to tackle inequality in sport after new research due to be launched later today shows there’s still some way to go before sport in Wales is truly inclusive for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, will join representatives from BME communities in Wales, sporting governing bodies, equality bodies and Sport Wales to launch the research at a special panel discussion in the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay.

Finding role models to inspire communities, making use of already established networks and working alongside them to co-produce opportunities that fit the needs of BME communities are just some of the recommendations the panel and audience will discuss further as Sport Wales looks to gather feedback on how the report can be used to promote positive action for change.

Sarah Powell, Chief Executive of Sport Wales, said:

Sport should be for all – we all have the right to access opportunities to get involved and stay active and healthy, regardless of our backgrounds. There are some excellent examples where sports have worked hard to break down barriers and as a result seen positive results but sadly it’s clear there are still those who feel they cannot access sport or have no place within it. This needs to change. Sport in Wales will not continue to grow unless we make it more inclusive.

At Sport Wales we pride ourselves on taking insightful and evidence-led action to make a real difference and now that we have heard the voices of these communities we can begin to look at how the sporting sector as a whole can use it to inspire new ways of thinking around engaging more people from BME communities.”

Due to speak at the event today, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, said:

Sport can have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives – helping them stay fit and active and bringing people from diverse backgrounds together. This research is an important contribution to our understanding of the barriers experienced by Black and Minority Ethnic communities in accessing sport. The challenge is now for everyone in the sector to use this as a basis to develop innovative ways of tackling this inequality head on.

The project was visited by Leslie Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty.Leslie Griffiths AM visiting the Mount Stuart Primary School gym club.

Sport Wales is currently consulting on a new set of equality objectives for 2016-2010. The findings of the consultation will not only help to shape Sport Wales’ equality work for the future but will also inform the development of a framework that will set out an approach for working with BME Communities to increase participation in sport. This work is being led by the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

You can read the full report here.

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