Sport

Sector OverviewSport - ECB Logo

Sport plays a big role in many people’s lives, bringing communities together and supporting physical and mental wellbeing. Between sport facility providers, individual clubs and governing bodies, the sector collectively employs thousands of people in the UK. There are a wide range of roles to explore, including education, sponsorship, coaching and leadership.

For many years, Stonewall has partnered with high profile organisations in the sector to change the culture of sport through our Rainbow Laces campaign. We’re seeing more sportspeople and officials come out in support of LGBT equality – these high-profile LGBT role models and allies have a huge impact
in promoting acceptance among fans and participants.

As workplaces, more and more sports organisations are working to create supportive environments for their LGBT employees. Many are now establishing LGBT network groups and introducing roles focused on equality and diversity. These leading organisations are working hard to ensure all LGBT people who come into contact with sport are accepted – whether they’re LGBT employees, participants, athletes or fans.

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In Focus

 

Peter England, Head of People, England and Wales Cricket BoardSport - ECB - Peter England

What’s the best thing about working at the England and Wales Cricket Board?

The people. We have such a diverse range of people and they’re all passionate about achieving the best, both for the game and for the organisation. My job involves ensuring we recruit the best people for the organisation. I work closely with staff to provide learning and career development opportunities, and partner with leaders to help shape and support business objectives and strategy.

As an LGBT person, what’s it like working in the sport sector?

This was the first time I’ve worked in the sport sector, so I was a little worried about how open I could be or how people would react. But I needn’t have worried; I soon found the environment to be very open and welcoming, while positively celebrating diversity. The ECB is the most inclusive and supportive organisation I’ve worked for. I was blown away by how enthusiastic people were when we launched our partnership with Stonewall last year. People were keen to get involved and become an ally.

What advice would you give to an LGBT person thinking about a career in sport?

Don’t be put off by what you perceive a sporting environment to be. I’ve found the passion for diversity and inclusion to be outstanding.

 

Di Lewis, National Talent Manager (Women & Girls), England and Wales Cricket BoardSport - ECB - Di Lewis

How did you come to work in sport and what does your current job involve?

I studied Sports Science & Social Science at Loughborough University, so working in the sports sector was a natural progression. As the ECB’s national talent manager for women and girls, I’m responsible for developing talented female players across England and Wales, ensuring they have an equitable and inclusive pathway.

As an LGBT person, what’s it like working in the sport sector?

As a lesbian working in the sports sector I often find myself in a male-dominated environment. Previously I might have found this challenging, but now I’m driven by the competitive spirit that exists in the sector and feel I can succeed regardless of my gender or sexuality.

What’s it like being LGBT at the England and Wales Cricket Board?

The ECB is a supportive, accepting and inclusive working environment. Lord’s is the home of cricket, yet I feel very much at home there as an LGBT employee. I’ve never faced any discrimination because I’m a lesbian. I can totally be myself, which allows me to thrive as an individual and give my best to the organisation. The ECB marched in the Pride in London parade this year – the first ever National Governing Body of a sport to do so. It was brilliant to be a part of it and demonstrates the ECB’s support for the LGBT community.

What advice would you give to an LGBT person thinking about a career in sport?

Have confidence in who you are, knowing that diversity adds value and that you can inspire others to think and act differently. Remain true to yourself, always.