Inclusive sport, physical activity and leisure

The sport, physical activity and leisure sector faces some unique challenges in 2021 and beyond and operates in an environment that stands aside from other sectors.

From parks to podiums, sport and physical activity have the power to change both communities and lives.  As the sport and physical activity sector drives to improve the health and wellbeing of the Nation we need to empower colleagues to develop inclusive approaches and ensure that organisations live and breathe these values so they are welcoming and open to all.

What is Inclusive Sport?

Inclusive Sport is Inclusive Employers’ offer to NGBs, sporting organisations and the leisure industry. We are uniquely placed to ensure that your organisation is both confident and competent to support all employees, whether paid or voluntary, to bring their whole self to work and further drive forward your inclusion vision and strategy.

Our team of inclusion and diversity experts has supported a broad range of organisations, large and small, across the sport, physical activity and leisure sector for a number of years. Our clients include UK Sport, British Paralympic Association, British Cycling, England Hockey, Brentford FC and the Torfaen Leisure Trust

How can our Inclusive Sport team support you?

Membership

We provide employers with innovative inclusion and diversity solutions and best practice through tailored inclusion support. As a member you will have access to a wide range of benefits including expert consultancy and advice on tap from a dedicated account manager. You will also be able to access to our weekly webinar programme and a comprehensive and expanding bank of inclusion and diversity resources across the full spectrum of inclusion topics, including sport specific resources such as policy documents. Find out more about membership.

Webinars, training and workshops

We provide bespoke training and workshops to suit the needs of your organisation. Take a look at our current events programme to get a flavour.

Consultancy

We review and develop strategies, cultures and systems to create inclusive working environments. Find out how inclusion and diversity consultancy could benefit your organisation.

Learning and Development

We equip people with new skills and greater confidence through CMI accredited programmes and a wide range of other learning interventions. Take a look at our qualification courses.

Inclusive Employers Standard

We provide organisations with the opportunity to measure progress on their inclusion journey and become accredited with our Inclusive Employers Standard.

Thank you so much to Michelle from Inclusive Employers for such an informative session on Conscious Inclusion. At TASS, our staff and practitioners know that this is a subject that we always need to know more about, enabling us to challenge ourselves and others. The session is delivered without judgement, providing practical action points that we can all take away and use.’

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

Meet the Inclusive Sport team

We have a dedicated team of Consultants with experience of working within the sport, physical activity and leisure sector to build inclusive cultures.

Richard McKenna

Richard founded Inclusive Employers in 2011 and has been working in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion since 1998.

He has extensive experience of delivering consultancy and training services to organisations across the public, private and third sector and is a specialist in the commercial opportunity of inclusion and inclusive communications.

He is a thought-leader in the field and has numerous accolades including chairing the Prime Minister’s Dementia Friendly Employers Challenge Committee, and founding Learning Disability Work Week and National Inclusion Week. 

Richard has spearheaded Inclusive Employers’ work in the sport and physical activity sector.  He has been working closely with Sport England and other sporting bodies over a number of years, including sitting on the Sport England Talent Inclusion Steering Group and delivering inclusion development to key audiences within the sector, most recently at the annual PLx UK Sport Conference.

Richard is the Executive Sponsor for Inclusive Sport and the Leading for Renewal Programme funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.

Debbie Epstein

Debbie has 17 years’ experience in the inclusion field.  Formerly Head of Inclusion at King’s College London, she joined Inclusive Employers in 2017 where she has been managing a wide portfolio of members and delivering training and consultancy services. 

She has particular expertise in supporting inclusive culture, leadership and behaviour change.

Her interest in taking this experience into the sport and physical activity sector, led her to be part of the Inclusive Employers team working with Sport England on a pilot programme for a small number of NGBs.  Over a two-year period, this involved providing these organisations with a range of tailored support to help them build their inclusion capacity and evolve a strong foundation for their inclusion strategies.

Debbie is the Head of Inclusion and Diversity for Sport at Inclusive Employers and the Project Director for the two-year Leading for Renewal project sponsored by Sport England and the National Lottery.

Michelle Daltry

Michelle Daltry is a Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant for Inclusive Employers. Michelle was formerly the Partnership Manager for Disability Sport Wales a post that she held for over 19 years.

As an Inclusion and Diversity specialist within the field of sport and physical activity, Michelle is passionate about supporting the sector to address inequalities within the workplace and out in the field of play.

Formerly the Chair of the Welsh Wheelchair Rugby Association and with a strong commitment for equality and inclusion Michelle is the chair of LGB&T Sport Cymru a network established to promote and support opportunities for the LGB&T community and a Co-Founder of the UK LGBTIQ+ Sport Alliance. Michelle is also the Welsh Lead for the International Football V Homophobia Campaign.

In August 2020 Michelle was named at number eight of the 50 most influential LGBT+ people in Wales. 

Michelle is an ex hockey international and has represented Wales at a Commonwealth Games.

Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay is an Inclusion and Diversity Consultant for Inclusive Employers and previously worked in inclusion and diversity roles in the public sector across all areas of ED&I.

Sarah’s passion, knowledge and interest for equality in sport led her to carry out research into racism in football, working with organisations such as Football Unites, Racism Divides and Kick It Out. Sarah was also involved in workshops, mentoring and conferences to help individuals from all backgrounds gain experience in football.

Sarah has expertise in mental health as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and in her spare time leads a mental health support running group, highlighting the benefits of exercise on mental health.

Our wider Inclusive Employers team will also share their wealth of experience with you.

“The training was delivered well from Claire who ensured there was a safe space to feel comfortable to give truthful answers based on your own bias. It was engaging, really informative and definitely taught us to think differently in varied settings. The training was adapted well to a sport setting which helped ensure that everyone came away with something because I definitely did.”

Terri Ritchie, LFC Foundation Inclusion Manager

Why become an Inclusive Sport member at Inclusive Employers?

The Inclusive Sport team has a huge amount of experience of working in the sport and physical activity sector, coupled with the expertise and resources of the wider Inclusive Employers Team. We are the only organisation offering diversity and inclusion membership to the sport and physical activity sector.

Don’t just take our word for it

Our members told us that membership is…

“A great investment to help your inclusion agenda”

“Keeping us focused and up to date with best practice”

“An excellent source of credible information with tangible actions, they are really passionate about what they do”

The best thing about our membership

“They will fully support you in your inclusion journey and bring the best out in your organisation.”

“I honestly can’t choose just one thing. Engaging, relevant fit for use guides and content, real consultative support…”

“Always knowing there is an expert available if needed! Help provide different ways of engaging our colleagues in inclusion topics.”

“Very responsive and helpful with any queries, big or small. Love the resource and top tips guides!”

“Approachability, helpful, can ask and discuss anything, great team, very knowledgeable – I love you all.”

Who we work with

Our sport, physical activity and leisure clients all have different business needs. What they have in common is a commitment to creating an inclusive culture.

  • Brentford FC
  • British Cycling
  • British Paralympic Association
  • England Hockey
  • England Rowing
  • Lawn Tennis Association
  • Liverpool FC Foundation
  • Premier League Charitable Foundation
  • Sport England
  • Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme
  • Torfaen Leisure Trust
  • UK Sport
  • UK Swimming
  • Watford Community Sport Trust

Next steps

If you are interested in finding out more about promoting inclusion in your organisation, drop us a line and one of our consultants will be in touch to discuss the help we can provide.