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Developed in partnership with Pride Sports these top tips will help develop your awareness and provide you with contact details that can support the development of you as a coach or a sports partner.
Everyone faces inequitable behaviour from time to time, but it should not affect your day-to-day life. Some members of society are marginalised because of the person they are. This can also be apparent in sport. There are very few high-profile lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBTG) people in sport today and that is, in part, down to the attitudes of the people running, coaching and participating in sport.
Understanding the barriers LGBTG people face will help you overcome any preconceptions or stereotypes you may have of this group of people. By being more empathetic and understanding of all your participants, you create a more welcoming and enjoyable coaching environment.
Pride Sports aims to tackle homophobia in sport and promote the inclusion of LGBTG people in national sports strategies and delivery in the UK. By promoting the inclusion of LGBTG people, tackling homophobia and increasing opportunities for LGBTG people to participate in sport, it is hoped sport will progress the great work that is already being done by the Rugby Football League (RFL), The Football Association (FA), and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
When looking to include people from LGBTG communities, it is important to understand the following issues:
Attitudes of Others
As a rule:
Further Reading/Useful Information
sports coach UK’s ‘Equity in Your Coaching’ workshop will develop your knowledge of this area and also provide useful information around the Equality Act 2010 and other protected characteristics covered under the legislation.
To find a workshop in your area, visit www.sportscoachuk.org/equity-workshop
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