England Netball is today publishing our Diversity and Belonging Report as part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring netball is an inclusive sport and improving diversity at all levels of the game.
The report, which provides an overview of our understanding of the current diversity within netball and lived experiences within the game, follows a series of forums with over 200 members of the Netball Family which were held throughout 2020 as well as England Netball’s partnership with VERCIDA Consulting that explored further opinions and experiences through additional surveys and forums.
The experiences and baseline statistics contained within the report are now being used to inform England Netball’s new ’10 Year’ strategy, where inclusion and belonging will be at the forefront of our future ambitions to ensure that more people can access our sport and feel the benefits of being part of the Netball Family.
England Netball CEO Fran Connolly said: “Like many organisations, over the past year we have been on a journey of listening, learning and understanding the experiences of participants from different communities throughout netball.
“This information now provides us with valuable insight to shape our future direction. It highlights key areas of improvement and allows us to properly challenge ourselves to make measurable progress at every level of the sport.”
We will be launching our new ‘10 Year’ strategy in the coming months, where we hope to galvanise the Netball Family, inspire change and drive a welcoming culture of inclusion where everyone feels they can belong.
The Diversity and Belonging Report can be read here.