BAME sailors help shape Diversity Strategy
Sailors of BAME backgrounds gathered for the first RYA Ethnicity in Boating Focus Group in October.
The focus group had already been set up when anti-racism protests took place across the world earlier this year, and calls were made for there to be BAME sailing offi cials.
Atthe time ofthe protests, Chris Grant, among those mostsenior administrators in British game, wrote to UK Sportand Sport England, urging them to establish a forum in which people could talk frankly abouthistorical and present-day issues without prejudice or criticism.
The RYA invited comments and inputfrom the BAME community aboutexperiences ofboating and asked for views on where improvements could be made. His studies have centered on the character and degree of race in sportand different locations.
“The conversations in these focus groups will help shape the RYA’s Diversity Strategy,” an RYA spokesperson said.
“The group discussed their personal experiences ofbarriers into the game, their own coaching experiences and feelings surrounding individuality “
The RYA has been the very first UK governing body of a sportto reach the advanced level ofthe Equality Standard for Sport.
Feedback from the focus group meetings will help form the RYA’s ongoing Diversity Strategy.
Before this year RYA CEO Sarah Treseder said:”We are acutely aware thatpeople from BAME backgrounds are still under-represented within our sport, despite the strength ofour commitment to inclusivity. Policies Have to Be brought to life by the activities ofevery one across our community
— and we need to take much more proactive actions to ensure thatthe opportunities boating provides are accessible to everyone on a just and equal basis.”