Join us for our next Dialogue & Debate webinar, on 1 September, exploring the power of sport for fostering social cohesion, and promoting values of inclusivity, mutual trust and respect.
We discuss how to build on the many benefits that sport can bring to our communities, whilst grappling with some of the challenges it faces, including racism, class divisions and social exclusion.
This webinar is hosted by our Programme Officer, Emily Gow.
Our guest panellists are:
- Mark Bullock - Coach for Paralympic/disability sport
- Russ Jefferys - Head of Communications, parkrun
- Cathy Long - Head of Policy, Partnerships and Public Affairs, Women in Sport
- Hamid Vaghefian - Head of Community Engagement, London Marathon Events; Trustee, the Running Charity and Young Harrow Foundation; Non-Executive Director at the Sport and Recreation Alliance.
How to register
Please register in advance to receive joining details for this webinar, using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zgy4NwG4R46jTdLK9TcgRA
You will be sent a link to join us live on Zoom (as a non-video participant) and interact with our panel by submitting questions using the Q&A function. All you need is an internet connection, a screen to watch it on - on PC or mobile device - and your speakers switched on.
Dialogue & Debate with Cumberland Lodge is a series of interactive webinars on pressing issues affecting social cohesion in the UK, which is supported by our charitable funds.
What will we be discussing?
After over a year of reduced crowds, cancelled events and disrupted training due to COVID-19, this summer many people are enjoying the ‘return’ of sport, including the long-awaited Olympic and Paralympic Games, hot on the heels of the Euro 2021 championship.
Recognised benefits of sport are wide-ranging, from reducing crime, to supporting better attainment at school, improving mental and physical health, and playing a part in creating a sense of solidarity between local teams, entire nations and even continents.
Sport is proven to be a powerful way for people to collaborate with others outside of their home, school or work networks and to work together towards shared goals.
Yet, sport can also exacerbate divides and exclude people according to characteristics such as class, disability, ethnicity or gender.
Incidents of racist abuse online are growing at an alarming rate, as we witnessed when ethnic-minority members of the England football team were targeted after the Euro’s final. During the Euros, we also saw the English team being booed for ‘taking the knee’ – with some people arguing that taking the knee is an overtly political statement that inflames tensions. Recently, in swimming, the Soul Cap (a cap to fit over and protect dreadlocks, afro hair, weaves and braids) was banned by the international governing body, causing widespread outrage.
We ask, do international competitions inflame nationalism in ways that divide people rather than bring people together, and what can be done to address this?
What steps need to be taken to eliminate exclusion and inequality in sport, at all levels, and build on its potential to foster social cohesion?
A video recording of this webinar will be shared after the event on the Read, Watch, Listen section of this website. You will also find an audio-only version on all the major podcasting channels and on our SoundCloud channel here, shortly after the live-stream.