This webinar will focus on the impact discrimination in sport can have on the mental wellbeing of athletes and coaches.

Discrimination occurs in sport in a number of forms – racism, sexism, homophobia, disability and mental health.

Governments, sporting bodies and anti-discriminatory organisations such as Show Racism the Red Card, Level Playing Field, Kick It Out, This Girl Can, Sporting Equals and Just a Ball Game have recognised the issues faced by players, coaches and the wider sporting community.

Despite these efforts, it is clear there is more work to be done around discrimination in sport. For example:

  • A report published by the Fare network in November 2014 found that only 19 ethnic minority coaches (3.4%) are employed in 552 coaching positions across the 92 English professional football clubs. This contrasts starkly with the number of minority players who are professional footballers (up to 30%).
  • Pride Sports reports the number of lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) performance athletes in the UK is significantly lower than 5-7% (a general estimate of the UK population believed to be LGB). This suggests LGB athletes do not progress in their careers the same way heterosexual athletes do or that LGB athletes do not make their sexual orientation public.

This webinar will discuss:
  • The reasons behind discrimination in sport and how it can lead to poor mental wellbeing
  • Ways for coaches to tackle double stigma
  • Start a discussion on the next steps and what is needed to prevent stigma

Registering for the webinar is free. Even those who cannot attend on the day will be sent a recording of the event afterwards.


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