Black & Ethnic Minority Sport

Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is committed to addressing those barriers which prevent black and ethnic minority communities participating in sport.

Did you know that …

  • Over half of people in black and minority ethnic (BME) communities do no sport or physical activity.
  • On average BME populations have a lower sports participation rate than the national average of sports participation (46%): Bangladeshi (30%), Pakistani (31%), Indian (39%) and Black Caribbean (39%) (6)
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 members of some BME communities are participating in physical activities as infrequently as once a month (2)
  • 92% of South Asian women do not take part in the recommended levels of activity, compared to 55% of all women (3)
  • As a result, the majority of BME groups participating in sports and physical activity is lower than the national average, which results in higher risks of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes, two diseases which are prevalent in BME communities (5)
  • One of the main factors contributing to such low levels of participation is a lack of BME role models who have little involvement with organising sporting activities (7)
  • BME communities are under-represented in official positions within sports organisations- only 7% are in the professional workforce, 3.6% in volunteer management and 3% in the coaching workforce (9)
  • Those from BME communities are almost 50 per cent less likely to volunteer than the general population
  • SportsCoach UK identified that only 5% of coaches were from BME communities

References (Sporting Equals Website)

1: Birmingham City Council (2001) 2001 Population Census In Birmingham. Crown Copyright.

2, 5: Guardian Online (2004) Exercise Five Times A Week, Public Urged

3, 6-9: Sport England (2005) Identification Of Workforce & Volunteer Profiles Within Sports Organisations. Sports Structures Ltd.

Sporting Equals

The national organisation Sporting Equals exists to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity, and is the only organisation in the UK to do so. Originally set up in 1998 by Sport England, in partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality, we are now a fully independent body with a well-established mission.

Sporting Equals has three aims:

  • To raise awareness and understanding of the needs of black and minority ethnic communities within the sports and health sector, in order to change attitudes and increase participation in sport and physical activity
  • To empower individuals and communities to play a part in this change, and achieve their full potential through playing sport and being active
  • To advise and support policy-makers and delivery bodies to be inclusive of all under-represented groups, drawing on our experience with black and minority ethnic communities

Sporting Equals have worked in partnership to deliver a number of projects across the country for further information on these projects visit the Sporting Equals website.

Increasing Participation In Staffordshire:

Through SASSOT’s ACCESS Across Staffordshire fund several projects have been implemented to increase participation in sport by BME communities. Take a look at some of the projects that have been awarded and the successes and challenges they experienced.

ACCESS Case Studies