Sport England warns that BAME people are being ‘excluded and let down’

Sport needs to have a “clear-sighted and honest” conversation about race, and how it can do more to help black, Asian and ethnically mixed communities be more active and involved, a major new campaign by Sport England will urge on Monday.

The call comes alongside the publication of a new report – Sport For All? – which finds stubbornly low rates of participation in many BAME communities.

At the launch at Villa Park on Monday, the Sport England board member Chris Grant will urge sports leaders to do more to close the “ethnicity gap”. “I’m convinced that sport must be a leader, and not a follower,” Grant will say. “That’s why I want to invite the whole of sport to come with us on this journey, and in doing so to be clear-sighted and honest about the ways in which we’re currently excluding and letting down whole swathes of our population.”

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