Event: Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport

Tuesday 19 October 2021 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm


University of Bath's Race Equality Task Force presents: Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport. Tim Hollingsworth CEO Sport England highlights findings from the Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport Review

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Speaker : Tim Hollingsworth, CEO Sport England

Welcome : Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath.

Respondent : Connor Russel, Equality and Diversity Officer, Sport Development and Recreation, University of Bath

Moderator : Aiste Senulyte Zubiniene, Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Officer, University of Bath

In 2020, events including the murder of George Floyd acted as a catalyst for the five Sports Councils across the UK to establish the Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport Review (TRARIIS) to understand if the Councils were doing enough to understand the context and tackle the issues involved. The review involved an extensive analysis of all publicly available data on race and ethnicity in sport and a lived experience research project in which over 300 people across the UK, ranging from grassroots participants to elite athletes and coaches, shared insights into their involvement in sport. While recognising that this process will take time, the Councils are determined to learn from the review and bring transformational change across sport, harnessing its huge power to drive equality and ensuring all parts of the system are fair, welcoming, inclusive, and diverse.

Tim Hollingsworth will talk from the perspective of this recent report in relation to the longstanding issues of racism that have been high-lighted, the challenges that he sees; and the ways forward to achieve transformational change. Important ways in which universities can respond to such issues and deploy sport to enhance equality will be presented by a respondent from the University of Bath.

Tim Hollingsworth OBE is Chief Executive of Sport England, the agency responsible for delivering sport and physical activity at community level across England. He has held the role since November 2018. For seven years prior to this, Tim was Chief Executive at the British Paralympic Association, the National Paralympic Committee for the United Kingdom. He also served as Secretary General for ParalympicsGB at four Paralympic Games, during which time the team recorded its best ever medal performance at both a summer and winter Games. Prior to that, Tim was first Director of Policy & Communications and then Chief Operating Officer at UK Sport. Previously, Tim worked as Director of a strategic communications consultancy, HBL Media, as Head of Corporate Communications at Granada Media plc, and Head of Media Relations at the CBI. Tim is also a lay member of the Council of the University of Bath – having joined in 2019. As well as his University of Bath role, Tim is a Trustee of the Football Foundation and a Member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Games Committee. He holds Honorary Degrees from both Bath and Exeter Universities and received an OBE for services to sport in the 2017 Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport