Dear Sported Member,
We have recently been participating in Sport England’s strategy consultation, and are very excited at the possibilities it presents for those who are using the power of sport to work with young people.
One of the big challenges / opportunities for community sport is to get people involved as volunteers who are representative of the communities they’re living in. For example, if you look at coaching (which is just one part of volunteering), only 30% of entry level coaches are women, 6% are disabled and 8% are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
At Sported, we believe our member groups already operate with a more representative pool of volunteers, but we have not previously done any research to see if this is actually the case. We want to do this now, because – as with some other important challenges for sport – we think that the rest of the system has a lot to learn from the kinds of clubs and groups run by Sported members.
We would be very grateful if you could take just a minute or two to complete this survey about the diversity of volunteers at your club. We’ll use the results to support the case for all community clubs and groups to receive more support, and we won’t quote anything which is specific to your response without asking your permission first.
With many thanks,
Chris Grant, CEO