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Live stream ‘Closing the Gap: Inequality in Sport and Physical Activity’ event

The event discusses tackling inequalities in our sector and can be watched online.

1st June 2022

Note: This story was updated on 9 June to add in the event live stream.

As a follow up to the Sport for All? conference in 2020, we’re co-hosting a day of discussion and shared learning with Greater Manchester Moving.

On Thursday 9 June, Manchester’s People History Museum – a space dedicated to social justice and equality – will be the setting for a range of panel discussions and hackathon-style workshops exploring approaches to tackling racism and inequalities in sport and physical activity.

The panel discussions from ‘Closing the Gap: Inequality in Sport and Physical Activity’ are available to view online, from 10am-5pm.

All you have to do to watch for free is click on the YouTube live stream below.


  • Schedule for the day

    The following sessions will be live streamed:

    10.00 – 10.45: Jeanette Kwakye introducing:

    Q&A with Councillor Bev Craig, Chris Boardman; Viveen Taylor

    Councillor Bev Craig (Manchester City Council leader), Chris Boardman (Sport England chair), Viveen Taylor (interim director of policy and integrity, and director of equality, diversity and inclusion at Sport England)


    13:30 – 14:45: Tackling racism and racial inequalities in sport and physical activity:

    Jeanette Kwakye in conversation with Azeem Rafiq (former cricketer and anti-racism campaigner).

    Heather David ‘Learning from the Tackling Racism & Racial Inequality in Sport (TRARIIS) review – What Next?


    16:00 – 16:45: Greater Manchester Moving: Panel discussion ‘Local learning & local actions’ Chair Dr Marilyn Comrie: Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester), Hayley Leaver (exec lead at GM Moving), Eve Holt (GM Moving), Shamime Jan (TRARIIS), Ben Andrews (managing director of Beyond Empower).


    16:45 – 17:00: Tim Hollingsworth (chief executive, Sport England) - Deeds not words; sharing our commitment to tackling inequalities.

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Our 10-year strategy Uniting the Movement aims to tackle the inequalities that currently make opportunities to get involved in sport and physical activity depend too much on your background, gender, bank balance and postcode.

The event is hosted by former Olympian and broadcaster, Jeanette Kwakye MBE alongside a range of speakers that will take part in panel discussion, including Azeem Rafiq and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester – as well as our own chief executive Tim Hollingsworth and director of equality, diversity and inclusion, Viveen Taylor.

It's bringing together people with lived-experience, change-makers, and innovative thinkers for a ‘deep dive’ into tackling inequalities – including organisations such as Sported, UK Sport, StreetGames, the Activity Alliance, Muslim Sports Foundation and numerous national governing bodies.

The event is also exploring a range of key equality issues, including the Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport (TRARIIS) Review recommendations, and speakers are sharing lived experiences of inequality in their sport, alongside discussions focussed on solutions and positive change.

So join us online in shaping a sector-wide approach to equality, diversity and inclusion founded upon dialogue, collaboration and co-creation.

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