Key Points
  • Leveraging data to identity barriers to access, participation, and diverse representation in sports
  • Diversifying representation in sport leadership, media and across sport boards
  • Holding leaders to account for diversity targets to encourage industry-wide change
  • Recognising the benefits of sport access for mental, social, and physical wellbeing
  • Overcoming barriers to sport participation associated with age, ability, background, and gender
  • Breaking down the concept of allyship and how to be an effective ally
  • Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable: authentic conversations around diversity and inclusion
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chaired by Sanjay Bhandari, Chair, Kick it Out
  • Robert Morini, Head of Sporting System, UK Sport
  • Arun Kang OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Sporting Equals
  • Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer and D&I Steering Group Chair, BT Sport
  • Paula Dunn MBE, Para Athletics Head Coach, UK Athletics
  • Heather Sinclair, Head of Health, Workforce and Diversity, Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS)
  • Liz Purbrick, Inclusion Manager, England Athletics
  • David McArdle, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, English Football League
  • Peter Ackred, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Sports Coach
  • Zain Shaffi, Race Equity Lead, Sported
  • Sajid Hussain, Chair, Muslim Sports Foundation (MSF)

“Equality is about recognising and removing the barriers faced by people involved or wanting to be involved in sport. It is about changing the culture of sport to one that values diversity and enables the full involvement of disadvantaged groups in every aspect of sport.” UK Sport

Chaired by Sanjay Bhandari, Chair of Kick it Out, Westminster Insight’s Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Digital Conference will showcase how to improve diverse representation, increase access and tackle discrimination in sport. Attend the timely event to participate in challenging and authentic conversations on inclusion in sport.

Learn how to strengthen the diversity of your talent pipelines and hold decision makers to account for diversity targets. Gain insight into the drivers behind disparities in access, participation and representation in sport through the collection of data by regional and national sporting bodies. Learn how to utilise data to progress equality, diversity, and inclusion. Take inspiration from inclusive grassroot initiatives which encourage sport participation.

You will hear guidance on how to drive participation in sport for underrepresented communities and improve cultural and racial awareness within sporting clubs and bodies.

You will hear from Arun Kang OBE, CEO of Sporting Equals, Jamie Hindhaugh, COO for BT Sport and David McArdle, Head of EDI of the English Football League on improving diverse representation in sport leadership, media, and boards. Disability Sports Coach, Sported, Muslim Women Sports Foundation and DCMS will share how to overcome barriers such as age, ability, background and gender. Get inspiration from Paula Dunn MBE with her real-life experiences of being a diverse sport leader and athlete.

Delivered virtually, attendees are able to watch content from their own settings and on demand, network with colleagues via the digital platform, build relationships and directly discuss challenges with your peers.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Sanjay Bhandari Chair and Member, Kick it Out and 2020 Parker Review

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09:10 - 09:40
Progressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Sport

 
Questions and Discussion - (09:30 – 09:40)

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Robert Morini Head of Sporting System, UK Sport

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09:40 - 10:40
Panel Discussion: Improving Diverse Representation in Sport Leadership, Media, and Boards

 
  • Establishing bold targets to increase diversity of leadership across regional, national, and international bodies 
  • Making EDI the responsibility of all leaders to acquire industry-wide change
  • Adopting inclusive recruitment processes to strengthen diverse talent pipelines
  • Increasing the number of pundits, editors, and producers from diverse backgrounds to support inclusive coverage
  • Offering stretch working opportunities to deliver clear career pathways for emerging diverse talent
  • Exposing senior staff to competing perspectives, intersections, and professional experiences through reverse mentoring

Speakers

Liz Purbrick National Inclusion Manager, England Athletics

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David McArdle Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, English Football League

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Arun Kang CEO, Sporting Equals

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Jamie Hindhaugh Chief Operating Officer and D&I Steering Group Chair, BT Sport

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10:40 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 11:45
Panel Discussion: Driving Access and Participation in Sport for Underrepresented Communities

 
  • Recognising the benefits of access to sport: promoting the positive impacts on mental, social, physical wellbeing
  • Leverage funding to delivering inclusive grassroots initiatives which encourage sport participation
  • Importance of creating aspirational opportunities for underrepresented communities and to counter cultural/societal stereotypes
  • Increasing cultural awareness within sport bodies and clubs to reduce religious and cultural barriers to participation in sports
  • Understanding and overcoming the barriers to sport associated with age, ability, background and or gender

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Heather Sinclair Head of Health, Workforce and Diversity, Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

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Zain Shaffi Race Equity Lead, Sported

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Sajid Hussain Chair, Muslim Sports Foundation (MSF)

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Peter Ackred CEO, Disability Sport Coach

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11:45 - 12:15
Networking Break

 
Meet your colleagues and make new connections via our networking area

12:15 - 12:55
Panel Discussion: Exploring the Real-Life Experiences of Diverse Sport Leaders, Athletes and Allies

 
  • Showcasing the diverse journeys and lived experiences of sport leaders, athletes, and allies
  • Recognising and celebrating the intersectional differences of individuals to successfully understand how sporting experiences differ across gender, race, ability, sexuality, and other competing identities
  • Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable to have authentic conversations around inclusion
  • Breaking down the concept of allyship and how to be an effective ally

Speakers

Paula Dunn MBE Para Athletics Head Coach, UK Athletics

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

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Sanjay Bhandari Chair and Member, Kick it Out and 2020 Parker Review

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End

Speakers

Peter Ackred CEO, Disability Sport Coach

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Sanjay Bhandari Chair and Member, Kick it Out and 2020 Parker Review

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Paula Dunn MBE Para Athletics Head Coach, UK Athletics

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Jamie Hindhaugh Chief Operating Officer and D&I Steering Group Chair, BT Sport

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Sajid Hussain Chair, Muslim Sports Foundation (MSF)

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Arun Kang CEO, Sporting Equals

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David McArdle Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, English Football League

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Robert Morini Head of Sporting System, UK Sport

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Liz Purbrick National Inclusion Manager, England Athletics

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Zain Shaffi Race Equity Lead, Sported

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Heather Sinclair Head of Health, Workforce and Diversity, Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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