Discrimination in Sport and its Impact on Mental Wellbeing

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.

Discrimination in Sport and its impact on mental wellbeing 22nd April 2015  11:00 – 12:00. Maudsley Learning will host a webinar entitled Discrimination in Sport and its impact on mental wellbeing  You can book your free place :

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