The 21st Century Change Agent

E5: Hayley Bennett - Striving For Equity In Sport

December 18, 2020 Baiba Ziga Season 1 Episode 5
The 21st Century Change Agent
E5: Hayley Bennett - Striving For Equity In Sport
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Wherever you are, thank you so much for joining me! On todays episode you will hear me talking to Hayley Bennett about diversity, equity and inclusion in sport. 

Hayley has just been included in the Football Blacklist 2020, that celebrates the most influential black people in football. This year Hayley was listed alongside such well known players as Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings.

Everyone knows and you know that participating in sports is one of the best ways to look after your health, both physical and mental. It’s also a lot of fun.

But what if you’re put off because you don’t feel confident there is a sport you can participate in where you’ll be accepted and supported? This is something that affects people from all sorts of backgrounds daily due to prejudice around race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender and even age.

Most fans will have witnessed some form of discrimination in sports – be it on the field, in dressing rooms or on social media. So more needs to be done to move from awareness to action.

On today's episode I am joined by Hayley who is as she says 'obsessed with football'. And she is not alone. However there still are huge gaps between opportunities in sport for women compared to their male colleagues. Hayley believes that football has the power to bring people together. However, she says this with a pinch of salt, because it still excludes a lot of people. What does the diversity and inclusion look like in sport? Find out by listening to this podcast episode.

Please share this conversation and let me know your thoughts and feelings by rating this podcast or using #changeagentpodcast on Twitter.

Thank you for listening!

You can follow and reach out to Hayley via:
Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @Hayley_TVB

Get in touch with me via:
Twitter: @BaibaZiga and @Consulting_LHC
LinkedIn: Baiba Ziga
E-mail: [email protected]

Safe Space For Female Football Fans
Football Blacklist 2020
Importance Of Diversity In Sport
Sporting Experiences For Females Compared to Males
Does Lack Of Opportunity Robs Girls For Basic Skills?
Gender Is Social Construct
Is There Place For D&I In Sport As A Business?
Whose Responsibility Is It To Sort Out D&I Issues In The World Of Sport?
Perpetuating Toxic Positivity
Mental Health In Sport