APPG on Sport, Modern Slavery & Human Rights - third session

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Theme of the session: Sporting Behaviour? Tackling engrained discrimination in sport

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Destructive forms of discrimination are a blight on everyone’s lives and people’s capacity to fulfill their life ambitions. Whether it’s federations’ failure to create parity between male and female athletes on the pitch and beyond, or the lack of BAME managers in top flight football or the failure to promote a culture of accessibility at all levels for people with disabilities, discrimination is rife across the spectrum of sporting activity.

The good news is that individuals and organisations are dedicated to addressing these issues and although it may often feel like nothing has changed, it’s also the case that everything is different. Today, twenty five years after Kick It Out was established, no club or sports governing body would get away with claiming that racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic chants or insults are just banter or part of the game. Undoubtedly much more needs to be done but there is at least a level of recognition that it’s no longer tenable to stand by without comment on such behaviour.

All participants will be asked to think about the following questions:

  1. What’s the most pressing issue regarding discrimination in your sport in your view? What’s at the top of your agenda?
  2. What are the barriers preventing full collaboration from bodies who (should) have an interest in the subject?
  3. What should be the role of regulation, government guidelines etc?
  4. How important is governance? What changes/shifts are needed to make progress?
  5. What is your call to action and to whom is it addressed?

Speakers will asked to present on the above questions:

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Maggie Murphy – Equal Playing Field
  • Roisin Wood – CEO, Kick It Out
  • Anna Kessel – Journalist, The Guardian
  • Karen Dobres - EqualityFC Campaign Manager, Lewes Football Club
  • Shannon Moloney - Lewes FC Women footballer
  • Michelle Moore - Leadership Consultant
  • Dr Simon Rofe – SOAS

Presentations will be followed by questions and discussion. The meeting is public and information shared will be part of the APPG´s first report which will be produced in June 2019.

Logistics for entering the Houses of Parliament will be provided to all external participants.


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