At Chichester we believe sport should be available and accessible to all students and we run a number of awareness activities and workshops throughout the year.

#TakeAStand

We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background. 

We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and brings people together with a common goal. 

We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. 

We will make sport a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and for those working or volunteering in sports at any level. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.

 
The University, the Students’ Union and representatives of the Sports Federation signed the Sports Charter to demonstrate a commitment to tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport.
 
Every year we run an annual awareness campaign during LGBT+ History month - we take a stand together. Clubs, societies and individuals pledge to eliminate anti-social behaviour and discrimination with sport and across the University. By taking a stand we address issues in sport, including: Racism, Sexism, LGBTphobia, Disability, Discrimination, Initiations, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Crowd Behaviour, Faith and Cultural appropriation.
 
Underpinning all our events, is our new #TakeAStand Accreditation Scheme. Sport clubs are able to apply for either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award based on their activities throughout the year. 
 
Below is a brief history of how the campaign has developed in recent years.
 

Sports Charter Timeline

 
May 2014

Signed by University Vice-Chancellor, Students’ Union Presidents and Officers and Sports Federation

 

September 2014

Re-launched for the new academic year

 

February 2015

As part of LGBT History Month re-freshed and signed by all Presidents and 150 members.

 

September 2015

Equality and Diversity training was introduced to all Sports Club to raise awareness and highlighting what they can do as individuals, and as a club to tackle discrimination.

 

February 2016

As part of LGBT History Month, the Sports Charter was re-freshed and signed by over 200 Sports Federation Members. Students continued to wear rainbow laces at sports fixtures to show their support.

 

February 2017

The SU Sports Federation decided to run this years campaign using BUCS tagline #TakeAStand. BUCS #TakeAStand is the universal campaign aimed at talking anti  socialableis and focuses on making the university sport experience as inclusive and accessible as possible.

This year we introduced a selfie plaque, 'I AM #TakeAStand' stickers and, gave away over 200 pairs of rainbow shoes laces. Over 200 students showed their commitment by signing the Sports Charter Banner. 

 

February 2018

This year the Sports Federation has built on recent years running a number events and workshops throughout the academic year. We have encompassed as many aspects of inclusivity in sport including: committee welfare training; #SoberSocials; disability sport awareness day; rainbow day and the Sport Club #TakeAStand Accreditation scheme.

Students demonstrated their commitment to the campaign by taking advantage of our selfie frame, rainbow sunglasses, face painting and of course, rainbow  laces.

28th Feb - The Sports Federation ran its first taster sessions in blind football, seated volleyball, goalball and indoor curling!

 

September 2018 

Equality and Diversity training was given to all SU Sports Club and SU Societies raising awareness and highlighting what they can do as individuals, and as a club to tackle discrimination. Information was also given to SU Sport Clubs regarding the #TakeAStand Accreedition scheme. This academic year the SU Societies Federation are also working to implement the scheme into their area.