Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual participation in sport

Through the Vision for Sport in Wales we have set out that we want every child to experience the positive benefits that participating in sport brings.

It is vital that every child, and indeed adult, is confident that they can access high quality sporting opportunities.

Much research is already carried out by Sport Wales to track trends in participation, perceptions and opinions - both for young people and adults.

LGB postcardIn the summer of 2012, in partnership with Stonewall Cymru, we invited lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals living in Wales to share their views about sport by taking part in focus groups, semi-structured interviews or completing an online survey. 

It reveals that whilst many lesbian, gay and bisexual people are interested in sport, they have also been put off by negative experiences or the perception that it is an unpleasant and unsafe environment for gay people.

If these issues are not addressed, we risk excluding and not inspiring, a generation of people from the many benefits offered by taking part in sports.  The message is clear: those involved in the running of sport must do more to show their commitment to tackling homophobia and encouraging gay people to take part in sport.

Read the full report

To find out more about the findings of the report and the recommendations put forward download the full report here.

LGBT Sport Network

On the back of the report, we are developing a formal network to drive LGBT work associated with sport in Wales. You can find out more about the work of the group here and if you would like to be a member of this network please contact LGBT@sportwales.org.uk. The closing date for expressions of interest is January 4th 2013.

Blogs

We have developed a range of blogs and postcards which can be downloaded on the right hand side of this page.