As we develop a new vision and strategy for the sport and our organisation, we want to ensure that inclusion is embedded throughout. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate in high-quality gymnastics activities in a safe, positive, supportive and enjoyable environment.
We aspire to create an inclusive culture within the gymnastics community where those participating, working and volunteering reflect the diversity of the UK population. To achieve this ambition, we want to develop a more profound and shared understanding of the barriers that some individuals and groups face that limit opportunities to participate and progress.
British Gymnastics has started its journey to develop a new long-term Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which will set out our ambition to tackle inequalities within gymnastics and address the significant barriers to participation. The plan, which will be published at the end of 2022, will embed the principles set out in the Sport England and UK Sport Code for Sports Governance.
Let’s Talk it Out
To help build a more diverse and inclusive sport, we need to understand the experiences of gymnasts, coaches, clubs and other gymnastics providers, in particular, the lived experiences of those from under-represented groups and work collaboratively with the community to develop an inclusive environment where everyone can participate, progress and thrive.
Over the next few months, we will be hosting some consultations with targeted groups to listen to the community's experiences and ideas for improvement to help us develop our new Plan. By attending one of our consultations, where people will be provided with a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental environment to share experiences related to diversity and inclusion. We will be releasing more information about these consultation sessions in due course.
Disabled Community Consultation
You can now register to attend our first event which will focus on understanding the lived experiences and barriers faced by disabled people, including those who are currently not accessing gymnastics. This event will be held at Shrewsbury Town Football Club on Wednesday, 25th May 2022 and will be delivered in partnership with the Shropshire Parent and Carer Council (PACC).
The event is also open to any clubs and other gymnastics providers, particularly those in Shropshire and the surrounding area interested in developing inclusive opportunities for disabled children and young people to participate in gymnastics activities. Please register by clicking the button below if you would like to attend.
This won’t be your only opportunity to have your say, as we’ll look to provide more opportunities to continue the conversation with representatives of the disability community. Please keep a look out on our website and social media channels where we’ll be promoting future opportunities.
If you’d like more information about our community consultations and plan, please contact our Equality Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Jessica Bailey, on firstname.lastname@example.org.