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PPF - 7th May 2024 - PPF to host Inclusion in Sport Week in July

PPF - 7th May 2024 - PPF to host Inclusion in Sport Week in July

May 2024

The Professional Players Federation (PPF) will be hosting its first Inclusion in Sport week from July 1st – 7th. Working in collaboration with our member associations, the PPF will hearing players’ personal stories of the effects of discrimination, running education and promoting best practice to make professional sport more inclusive.

The key focus of the week will be an Inclusion in Sport Day, hosted by the PPF at the Oval on Thursday 4th July. Attended by player association staff as well as representatives from governing bodies, clubs and leagues, the event will provide an opportunity to hear from player associations and players on a number of different issues with sessions on Active Allyship, Inclusive Leadership and Neurodiversity in Sport.

As well as the event, the PPF will be sharing a range of ‘Inclusion Insights’ case studies highlighting initiatives and campaigns developed by player bodies to support their members as well as profiling a number of Diversity & Inclusion Champions who have been leading the way to help educate and break down stigma relating to age, disability, faith, gender, race, religion or sexuality.

The PFA’s Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Simone Pound chairs the PPF EDI Committee and said:

“We are looking forward to working together during the PPF’s first Inclusion in Sport Week to demonstrate the wide range of work that player associations are doing to support and educate players, collaborating with a number of different stakeholders to influence change and ensure all professional athletes feel safe, valued and welcome. It is an opportunity for player associations to learn from each other and share best practice which will benefit all our current and future players.”

PPF Chair, Brendon Batson OBE, said:

“Following on from last year’s successful Female Athletes Week, we are looking forward to running our Inclusion in Sport Week. It will be an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come but also look to the future and ways in which player associations can work together and better support their players, especially those who continue to face discrimination.”
For more information, please contact Simon Taylor at simont@ppf.org.uk