Rocking the Boat 2021
As we seek to rebuild our sporting communities following COVID we must act now to address diversity within sports in the UK.
The inequality of provision and access is particularly marked in rowing, and bringing together those working within the grassroots of the sport to discuss the scale of the problem and what we can do collectively is long overdue.
Contributors to the Conference have considered what we are doing, whether we should rock the boat and what new and innovative programmes could make the difference.
We are looking at these issues along with how these groups could work together, ensure longer-term sustainability and what part the education sector, government, NGB’s and outreach and engagement programme providers can play in changing direction and help to develop young people so they can pursue a career in sport as an athlete or as a coach.
DETERMINING THE NEED & SETTING THE GOALS
Alex Alexander, SportEngland - Talent Inclusion team
Hannibal Morris, Sport England - Talent Inclusion team
Emily Coe, LYR Programme Director
Lawrence Farquharson, LYR Schools CoachWatch
WHAT DOES DIVERSITY LOOK LIKE
Ian Pickup, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of East London and leader of the East London Talent Pathway programme
Richard Sinnott, Warrington Youth Rowing
Steve O’Connor, Fulham Reach Boat Club
Lauren Rowles MBE, GB Para-RowingWatch
HOW DO YOU CHANGE YOUNG LIVES FOR THE BETTER?
Andy Moorcroft, CEO The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT)
Matt Parish, CEO Liverpool Football Club (LFC) Foundation
Andy Carter MP, Alternative Provision in EducationWatch
WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO NOW?
Chris Grant, Independent Board Member of Sport England; Independent Chair of English Professional Football’s Integrated Coaching Board; and former Chief Executive of SportedWatch
SUSTAINABILITY, FUNDING AND INCOME GENERATION
To learn more about how to raise funding and generate income to support a programme, two “drop in” sessions were held after the Conference, at which representatives of HRRCT, WYR and LYR were available to talk about their financial models and to discuss the range of revenue streams they are using to ensure a diverse income stream with the goal of sustainable programming.
The responses to some of the questions asked during these two sessions have been presented in a downloadable Q&A.Q&A