Equality in Sport
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) believes that equality of opportunity is at the heart of all sport and physical activity provision within Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.
LRS programmes should be accessible to all sections of the community. All those involved planning and delivering the programmes should be committed to treating everyone with respect irrespective of ability, gender, ethnicity, disability, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, social class or age. LRS will strive to identify and eliminate practices that prevent access to sport and physical activity, or make anyone feel uncomfortable whilst participating. Discrimination or any behaviour against any individual will lead to exclusion from the programme.
It is the policy of LRS to ensure that everyone has access to sporting and physical activity opportunities and it is recognised that this can require targeted, positive action. Therefore, it will be the aim of the Partnership to ensure that the necessary actions are taken to encourage all residents in Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland to take part in sport and physical activity.
As well as stimulating participation by under-represented groups, it is clearly understood that LRS must continue to encourage increased participation by those parts of society which are already well represented. It will encourage all persons to take part in sport and physical activity at the most appropriate level for them, and will ensure that no-one working for LRS takes any action which would discourage any individuals from achieving their maximum potential through sport and physical activity.
Through individual work programmes and by working with partners, the setting of realistic targets within identified under-represented groups will be encouraged within each of the areas of LRS's programmes. Active monitoring and evaluation will be integral to programmes to determine successes and challenges with data being utilised to influence on-going and future developments. Identified priority areas of work will relate to current insight, national surveys and targets set by Sport England, but will also reflect local variations across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.
Mental Health Charter
The mental health charity Mind, have been working closely with County Sports Partnerships to promote the importance of being aware of the mental health challenges faced by many and to look at how we can promote and deliver the most appropriate opportunities to support those in this situation.
In September 2016 Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport hosted a regional conference in conjunction with Mind which brought local partners together to learn and understand more about mental health conditions, share good practise and network with others sharing a common aim of offering more opportunities to those with mental health conditions and highlighting the positive benefits of participating in sport and physical activity.
Following this, Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport made a commitment to addressing mental health awareness within its programmes by signing up to the Sport & Recreation Alliance Mental Health Charter. The LRS team are now actively working towards a more inclusive approach to mental health and wellbeing both in the workplace and throughout their sport and physical activity programmes.
'Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport are committed to creating a culture of welling within the workplace, to support the core team and partners to deliver a programme of activity which promotes good mental health and wellbeing, raise awareness of and helping to address mental health challenges'.