Sporting Equals have announced the launch of a Sports Monitoring Advisory Panel, which will hold to account sports bodies over their Black Lives Matter-inspired pledges.
In May 2020, following the death of George Floyd in the US, millions from around the world protested against the racial injustices and prejudices that Black people continue to face in the 21st century, in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Such events inspired businesses, organisations and even sports bodies, among others, to look at themselves and analyse their own lack of action in the fight against racism and inequality, leading to public acknowledgement and pledges to make future change happen.
The panel held its inaugural meeting on February 10 and has been established to ensure that active steps that were taken in 2020 are upheld and that a continued effort to improve the lives of black communities within the sporting sector is taken to effect.
Their objectives are:
To act as a monitoring group to check and challenge publicly funded sport and physical activity organisations regarding statements made, interventions delivered and their impact
Identify and profile best practice of publicly funded sport and physical activity organisations.
Advise and guide Sporting Equals on commensurate matters related to the above.
The panel has been made up of former athletes, coaches and professionals with skills and experience across sport, who can positively have an impact on the cause with empathy for the issues that African and Caribbean communities face.
Those in the panel are: Alexandra Rickham, Ama Agbeze, Chris Ramsey, Densign White, MBE, Devon Malcolm, Fiona May, Harley Hicks, Kadeena Cox, MBE, Maggie Alphonsi, MBE and Rodney Hinds.
"I am pleased to become a member of the Sports Monitoring Advisory Panel as I feel it is necessary to hold the publicly funded sport and physical activity organisations accountable to their words," said Maggie Alphonsi MBE, former rugby union player and one of the members of the panel.
"There were a flurry of statements in the summer which signalled support for the Black Lives Matter movement, it is my sincere wish that positive actions, outcomes and change is delivered by these organisations in terms of diversity, inclusion and equality for our communities in the UK sport and physical activity sector."
Author: Jake Wilkin