Sport England have appointed Viveen Taylor as their first director of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Kickstarting their 10-year 'Uniting the Movement' strategy, the body have announced the new position will be aimed at ensuring everyone enjoys the benefits of physical activity regardless of their background or diversity.
Taylor has worked with Sport England since 2018, where her role has seen her help those in lower socio-economic groups to live active lives, but her new position will see her tasked with ensuring those who deliver and lead in sports activities across the country are representative of their nation.
“I’m truly delighted to be appointed to the role at such a pivotal point in time as we commit to addressing inequalities,” she said.
“It’s a huge role and it’s going to be challenging and difficult at times, but I’m not daunted or phased by what’s to come.”
Having started her career in local government in Manchester, she went on to lead the Hulme City Challenge, supporting single parent families move into work. Over 25 years, she has engaged with and supported excluded communities to have a voice and empower them into creating change.
The Uniting the Movement strategy will be supported by a one-year action plan set to be announced soon, before a long-term action is announced once it has become more clear as to the impact of the pandemic on the community sport sector.
Author: Jake Wilkin