Diversity and Inclusion Award

Welcome to the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2022: Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Diversity and Inclusion Award celebrates clubs and programmes that support underrepresented groups through sport, recreation or physical activity. This award celebrates the work that community sport and recreation is doing in this very important area.

Entries for the Diversity and Inclusion Award are now closed. The finalists for the 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Award are:

Nottingham Croquet Club

In 2018, in a push to be more inclusive and accessible, Nottingham Croquet Club launched their ‘Croquet for All’ initiative with the vision to be “an inclusive, friendly and caring centre of croquet excellence in the heart of our community”.

By building relationships with other community organisations, they were able to reach out to a number of different groups. People from the following groups were welcomed to the club in 2021: primary school children, disadvantaged youngsters, Asian and Muslim women and girls, people living with long-term health conditions, those with pandemic-related social isolation, anxiety and other mental health conditions, and organ transplant recipients.

Their efforts were rewarded by the Croquet Association, who gave them the 2021 Millennium Award for the most improved croquet club.

 

British Cycling

In July 2021, British Cycling launched its landmark new equality and diversity strategy, ‘Our Ride’. The strategy has resulted in several actions, including new bursaries and scholarships, new courses, new programmes, and education.

The ‘Flying Start’ bursary commits 70% off coaching courses for young people, while the ‘Ignite’ bursary also commits 500 discounted places for women and girls on coaching courses. There has also been Inclusive Clubs funding, where British Cycling have worked with clubs and groups from diverse communities to widen access to education, including recruiting tutors from within local communities and discounted funding for courses.

Another of their flagship actions from the ‘Our Ride’ strategy was the City Academies model. Working in partnership with the Rapha Foundation, they will set up City Academy Hubs, in which a coach from the local community will be employed to help build relationships with participants and potentially progress those who would like to be involved in professional cycling.

 

Para Dance UK

Para Dance UK continued to grow in 2021, engaging with over 3,614 people who participated in Para Dance Sport and inclusive dance across the country. Despite the continued impact of the pandemic, participation levels grew in comparison to the previous year.

Their Inclusive Remote Day of Dance managed to get 1,464 people dancing online together, either in their own homes or in schools. They also continued their partnership with Alexandra Palace in running the Para Dance Youth Games for a third year, where 200 children from SEND schools in London and the surrounding areas were given support to create a dance video which was shared online in 2021 to showcase their creativity.

The organisation also continues to be one of the main partners in the ’11 Million Reasons to Dance’ network, which is for anyone working within the accessible and inclusive dance community, and aims to ensure there are sustained opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in dance.

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