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Self-assessment tool launched to help physical activity sector become more inclusive

The Tool Has Been Designed To Support The Sector Improve Its Services For All (Image: Andrea Piacquadio/pexels.com)
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Industry body, ukactive, has launched a new equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) self-assessment tool to support its members improve services and help ensure they are inclusive to all users.

The tool will be open to organisations across the sector – including sports – and involves answering 40 questions focused on current practices relating to EDI. After completing the assessment, facilities, providers, and suppliers will receive an instant score to show how inclusive they currently are.

The scores and analysis are intended for the organisation’s internal use and is not published externally. They will then be signposted to recommendations to help improve EDI practices.

The scores are created through a weighting and ranking of key criteria on areas such as governance and leadership, data and insight, programming, provisions and partnerships, and workforce and training.

Ukactive hopes the EDI self-assessment tool will help to understand the sector’s current position on EDI and set a benchmark based on the priority areas for improvement – with a full national sector report of the anonymised scores due for publication in March 2024.

Timothy Mathias, Strategic Lead for EDI at ukactive, said: “For our sector to grow and perform its fullest role in society, it is fundamental that our services are as inclusive as possible so that physical activity can be accessed and enjoyed by all.

“This self-assessment tool will provide our members with simple measures and advice to improve their approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, and will also help us to track the sector’s progress.

“We want the health, social and wellbeing benefits of an active lifestyle to be felt across the entire population, and this tool gives us the perfect opportunity to understand what more can be done to make our sector as accessible and inclusive as possible.”

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