3rd November 2020
'MEET THE ATHLETICS PRIDE NETWORK' WEBINAR SERIES TO RUN DURING NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
UK Athletics, in conjunction with the Athletics Pride Network and the Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAFs) will be delivering a series of webinars to introduce the Athletics Pride Network to the wider sport following its launch in April this year.
The Athletics Pride Network (APN) is an initiative to make our sport safe and welcoming for people within the sport who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ+), and their allies, and it represents athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and administrators.
Working alongside the HCAFs, UK Athletics is delighted to be able to offer a series of webinars, led by APN members, to introduce the Athletics Pride Network to the athletics family through sharing its purpose and goals, offer guidance in relation to LGBTQ+ inclusion in clubs and highlight the resources we offer to the LGBTQ+ community in the sport.
This introductory webinar is for the whole athletics family, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more how the Network can provide guidance to make athletics an even more LGBTQ+ friendly sport.
Each Home Country Athletics Federation will host a webinar on the following dates:
- Welsh Athletics – 17 November, 7-8pm; click here to register
- England Athletics – 25 November, 7-8pm; click here to register
- scottishathletics – 30 November, 7-8pm; email Francesca Snitjer firstname.lastname@example.org to receive details to register.
- Athletics Northern Ireland – 8 December, 7-8pm; click here to register
Equality, Diversity and Engagement Lead, Donna Fraser, said:
“Thank you to the Athletics Pride Network members and the HCAFs for working with us to provide these excellent opportunities to the athletics family. The webinars are a great way to create a wider conversation on being LGBTQ+ in athletics, and by working together, we can create a more inclusive environment in all aspects of the sport, so everyone can be their authentic self when they are taking part.
“The APN has continued to grow since its official launch in April, and this is a significant step in promoting the Network’s visibility, and we hope the athletics family will engage with us to help the APN achieve its three key objectives; to improve access to athletics for LGBTQ+ people, be a support network, and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.”
One of the founding members of the Athletics Pride Network, and coach, Andy Paul, added:
“The Athletics Pride Network was formed as a safe and inclusive forum, but it quickly recognised its potential to offer support to the wider community of our sport. I am really proud to be involved with this webinar series and look forward to some challenging discussions and the start an exciting journey.”