The House of Lords Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation will this week hold evidence sessions on whether people from ethnic minority backgrounds are being let down in their access to sport and recreation opportunities.
The Committee will hold a further session looking at access and barriers to sport and recreation for women and girls.
The evidence sessions will start at 3:30pm on Wednesday 21 April and can be followed live and after the sessions at www.parliamentlive.tv. Witnesses giving evidence to the Committee are:
3:30pm – Ethnic minority participation in sport and recreation
- Sanjay Bhandari, Chair, Kick It Out
- Arun Kang, CEO, Sporting Equals
- Janett Walker, Professional Mentor of the Founder of Black Girls Hike
4:30pm – Female participation in sport and recreation
- Baroness Sue Campbell of Loughborough, Director of Women’s Football, FA
- Stephanie Hilborne, CEO, Women in Sport
- Sahiba Majeed, Development Manager, Muslim Sports Foundation
In the first session questions will focus on:
- The diversity of experiences among different ethnic minority groups and within minority communities in relation to participation in sport and recreation.
- How racism and abuse of athletes both at sporting events and on social media should be tackled.
- What more needs to be done to ensure more people from ethnic minority backgrounds are in powerful and decision-making roles in national sport governing bodies and other organisations.
The second session will look at:
- How successful the Government and other bodies have been in encouraging participation in sport and recreation among women and girls.
- How sexism and other abuse of women in sport on social media and in person should be tackled.
- How women facing additional barriers to participation in sport, including ethnic minority women and women with disabilities can be supported to be more active.