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
Signed by University Vice-Chancellor, Students’ Union Presidents and Officers and Sports Federation
Re-launched for the new academic year
As part of LGBT History Month re-freshed and signed by all Presidents and 150 members.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.