Category Archives: Inclusion

Rooney Rule: ECB to implement BAME policy after South Asian study

Vikram Solanki

The England and Wales Cricket Board is to implement a ‘Rooney Rule’ for all coaching roles in the national men’s, women’s and disabled teams.

It means that at least one applicant from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds will be interviewed for future jobs.

That follows the biggest study the ECB has ever conducted into cricket in South Asian communities.

The Rooney Rule was implemented in the USA’s NFL in 2003.

Named after NFL diversity committee chairman Dan Rooney, it requires clubs in American football to interview at least one BAME candidate for each head coach or senior football operation vacancy.

The Football Association adopted a similar stance for positions in the England football set-up in January.  More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – May 2018

Deaf Awareness Week is from 14 -20 May and with this in mind we have chosen Rachel Shenton as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Rachel is an actress appearing in many well know shows but most notably as Mitzeee Minniver in the TV show Hollyoaks.  She also spent two years in the US TV show ‘Switched at Birth’.

Rachel got involved in raising awareness of deafness in the UK when her father became deaf whilst undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Following her father’s death Rachel learnt British Sign Language and in 2011 she became an Ambassador for the National Deaf Children’s Society.  She has completed various events in aid of deaf societies including, skydiving, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and climbing the BT Tower.  In 2011 she helped launch ‘Viewtalk’ a social networking website for deaf people.

In 2018 Rachel wrote and starred in a short film ‘The Silent Child’, about a young deaf girl, which won this year’s Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category.

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Scottish Rugby and Girlguiding Scotland team up to get more girls into sport

Scotland are teaming up to empower more girls to discover the fun and fitness of rugby in a ground-breaking new partnership.

The new programme called ‘Guides into Rugby’ aims to encourage Girlguiding Scotland members age 10 to 14, many of whom may never have played rugby before, to experience Scottish Rugby’s Tartan Touch, a fun, simplified non-contact version of the sport.

As the leading charity for girls and young women in the country, with 50,000 members aged 5-25, it is hoped thousands of girls will have the opportunity to discover what rugby has to offer.   More

British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards: Ellie Downie and Maro Itoje triumph

Gymnast Ellie Downie and rugby union’s Maro Itoje were named sportswoman and sportsman of the year at the 2018 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.

Downie, 18, won all-around gold at the European Championships last year, qualifying for every individual final.

Itoje, 23, had a successful year for Saracens, England and the British and Irish Lions.

Pioneering footballer Cyrille Regis, who died in January aged 59, was given a special recognition award.  More

Football Association adopts ‘Rooney Rule’ as Martin Glenn outlines 2018 plans

The Football Association will interview at least one applicant from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background for future roles in the England set-up.

English football’s governing body will adopt its own version of the ‘Rooney Rule’ implemented in the NFL in 2003.

Chief executive Martin Glenn said the move showed the “FA is for all”.

“The FA wants to become a more inclusive organisation where the workforce more represents the people who play football today,” Glenn said.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he added: “What it will say is the opportunity to have a career beyond playing is something that the FA is serious about promoting.”  More

Autism at Christmas: ‘My son likes to lock himself in his room’

For many children Christmas is the most exciting time of the year, but for those with autism – and for the families who look after them – it can be an extraordinarily challenging period.

Some of the simplest joys associated with Christmas, such as opening presents or eating turkey, can become potential flashpoints as children who place huge importance on their routines find it hard to handle the change to their environment.

So how do families with autistic children make it through the festive season with happiness and harmony?

For Kevin Harrison, it is a time of year to be handled cautiously as his 11-year-old son Daniel struggles with the challenges of Christmas.  More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – December 2017

On 3 December it is International Day of Disabled Persons and with that in mind we have chosen Jonnie Peacock as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

At the age of 5, Jonnie contracted meningitis, resulting in the amputation of his right leg, just below the knee.  He had always been a very positive young boy and despite initial difficulties soon got used to his new leg.

Jonnie had always loved sport particularly football but that was not an option with his prosthetic but at the age of 15 whilst waiting for an appointment at his prosthetic centre he saw a poster inviting anyone interested in sport to attend a talent identification day.  Jonnie was allowed to go and tried his hand at a number of different sports, however it was athletics that suited him best and his attendance at the event started his journey to becoming an international athlete.

He ran his first international race at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May 2012 and at the 2012 Paralympics, just four years after seeing the poster, Jonnie won the 100m T44 final with a time of 10.90 seconds, claiming the gold and the Paralympic record in the process. In 2016 at the Rio Paralympics Jonnie defended his title and in 2017 he won the World Championships in London.

In September this year Jonnie joined Strictly Come Dancing becoming the first disabled person to compete on the show with the idea that he could show everyone what an amputee could do rather than not do. Jonnie was partnered with Oti Mabuse and despite not having danced before made it all the way to week 9.  Despite his disappointment Jonnie was honoured to be the first disabled person on the show and thanked the panel for judging him as an equal.

Jonnie was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to athletics.