With 159 days left in 2022, the international equality-in-sport charity, equitysport, are inviting supporters, friends, donors and partners, new and old, to take action towards a brighter, fairer, and more equitable world in sport, through sport and because of sport.
Photo credit: equitysport partners: Wild Dogs Rugby, who took action over the summer to raise awareness of equitysport, raising over £300 to make global sport fairer in the process!
Sport has a unique power and influence in our lives and in our societies. It maintains a hypnotic grip on the human spirit, no matter your gender, ethnicity, religion, or geography. For decades, if not centuries, sport has spoken of its universal language, its cut-through appeal to the young and old alike, and its non-partisan, progressive and inclusive values as evidence of its utility to wider society.
Yet, its true potential as a catalyst for transformational change, transnational unity, and transcultural solidarity outside the stadiums and beyond the tracks and pitches remains largely unrealised for the global masses.
For too many, in too many places around the world, sport remains inaccessible; its promises of equity and inclusion remain just promises, and its opportunities to break the cycles of disadvantage and exclusion lie forever just out of reach.
At equitysport, we believe the future will be defined by the quiet whisper of those who roll up their sleeves and take action to see sport live out its true value to society, it will belong not to those who roar aimlessly about sports inherent power for good, but to those who take action to actually deliver it.
We are only too aware that we are just one piece of a global jigsaw of change-makers, custodians and action-takers. As the saying goes, 'it takes a village', and we know that for us to continue to help make real change to the lived realities for some of the most under-served, disadvantaged and structurally excluded groups and communities in the world, we're going to need YOU.
Photo credit: Professional footballer, Amber Stobbs, who took action by completing a triathlon to raise awareness of our work to extend opportunities through sport around the world, raising over £1000 in the process!
We're gathering for a number of in-person events over the coming months and we'd absolutely love to see you there. An inclusive welcome is guarenteed. Check out what we've got in store:
WORLD CUP WINES
Date: 29 September 2022
Venue: Tap & Bottle, London Bridge
We invite you to join special guests from international women's rugby at the Tap & Bottle in London Bridge for a World Cup previews, Q&A and expert-led wine tasting from wine making regions across the women's rugby world.
Taking place just a week before the Women's Rugby World Cup kicks off in New Zealand, here's your chance to meet, get the lo-down and ask questions of those in the know from the international women's game, whilst enjoying an expert led wine-tasting experience at one of London's best kept secrets.
EQUITYSPORT ENDURO WALK 24
Date: 29 November 2022
Venue: Central London, UK
On #GivingTuesday, that's 29th November 2022, equitysport invites supporters, new and old, to join us for our second 24-hour endurance walk to raise awareness and vital funds to advance equality, promote diversity and extend opportunity in and through global sport.
At 00:01 on 29th November 2022, our Executive Director, Tim Harper, along with special guests, partners, supporters and friends, will set out from City Hall, London and walk a 10km loop around Central London for 24 hours continuously.
We encourage everyone who can, to come join the walk for however long they want, whether that's 10 minutes, an hour, 6 hours or the full 24 hours! Please note this is an entirely unsupported walk and participation is at your own risk.
OTHER WAYS TO TAKE ACTION
1. TELL ONE PERSON!!
One of the most powerful things you can do is simply tell one person about equitysport. With 24 weeks left of 2022, even if you were to tell just one person per week about our charity, and the work we're doing to bring about a fairer, more equitable sporting world, that's another 24 people who might too, roll up their sleeves, and help champion a future for sport that includes everyone.
Why not encourage them to also give us a follow on social media? We're most active on Twitter and Instagram - and remember, if you see something you like, be sure to like and share it so that more people can see and hear about our work to change global sport for the benefit of everyone!
Photo credit: Edgar Kazibwe, a recent graduate from our mentorship programme in Uganda. Thanks to your support, we've been able to help arm Edgar with the skills, qualifications and support that has seen him secure employment as a Sports Psychologist.
2. JOIN SQUAD
SQUAD is a community of everyday people, just like you, who have committed to keeping global sport accessible to everyone by donating £3 per month. Our growing membership believe that no matter who you are, where you come from or what your background might be, everyone should have the same opportunities to access, participate and express their talents in and through sport. Join today for £3!
3. PUT AN EQUITYSPORT TIN ON YOUR COUNTER
Do you run a cafe, bar, stall or shop? Help your customers put their loose change to good use whilst helping raise awareness of the equitysport mission by placing one of our secure and super smart donation tins on your counter!
Reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange delivery and run through how we securely collect and process and acknowledge your amazing support!
Photo credit: Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, who have repeatedly taken action in support of equitysport, and in 2021, unveiled no less than three equitysport jumps in their region-leading training facility!
Are you in the position to donate advertising space to equitysport online, in magazines, newspapers, billboards, pitch/track-side or elsewhere to help promote a fairer, more equitable world through sport?
Get in touch via email@example.com and let's discuss how it might work!
5. REVERSE KIT SPONSORSHIP
Are you a sports team competing at any level of sport? Why not join the likes of the elite rugby sevens team, the Wild Dogs, and donate a sleeve, shorts or shirt sponsorship space on your kit to help raise awareness of your commitment to equality, diversity and equal opportunity in and through sport?
Whether you're a school, college, university, community, pub or elite sports team, get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat through how it might work your circumstances and how we are able to make it truly worthwhile investment for you and for the future of global sport!
Photo credit: Wild Dogs Rugby
6. MAKE A DONATION
We are entirely funded through the generosity of our supporters. If you have the capacity, please consider making a donation of whatever you can spare to help make the changes required to deliver a fairer, more equitable sporting world for all.
Would you like to discuss a large, repeat or special contribution to the charity, please get in touch with our Executive Director, Tim Harper, directly via email@example.com
Whether you're based in the London, Brighton, Paris, Kampala, Dubai or Johannesburg, we're always on the look out for committed volunteers for both online and offline activities.
If you're passionate about equality and want to be part of a fast-moving, dynamic and exciting charity, check out our latest volunteering opportunities here or drop us a note and introduce yourself!
equitysport is a values-led registered charity (1189559) that exists to advance equality, promote diversity and extend equal opportunity in and through global sport. We seek an inclusive and equitable sporting ecosystem that lives true to the values of sport.
For interviews or further comment from equitysport, please contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org