England Hockey signs Sports Charter

England Hockey has signed up to the Government Sports Charter which aims to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.

On Monday 14 March 2011 the government, together with major sporting bodies, launched a Charter calling for anyone and everyone with an interest or involvement in sport to unite in a common cause to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport and aim to make sport a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The charter states:
  • We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.
  • We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and brings people together with a common goal.
  • We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia.
  • We will make sport a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and for those working or volunteering in sports at any level.
  • We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.

It's not just England Hockey as a governing body that can sign up to the Charter. It's also open to clubs, team’s leagues, and individual participants and spectators. To find out more about the campaign and how to sign up visit: The Sports Charter (Home Office)

You can also support the campaign and sign up to the Charter for Action using the 'like' feature on Facebook at the 'I love sport, but I hate homophobia and transphobia' Facebook page (Facebook).

Together, we can make sport equal for all.  

Logo Competition

Budding designers have been asked to create an emblem for sports clubs, fans and players across the country to mark their support for the campaign. The competition is targeted at young people but is open to anyone with creative flair. Applicants have been asked to come up with a design that embodies the messages as outlined in the Sports Charter and helps spread the message that hate of any kind in sport is not acceptable.

The competition will close Wednesday 18th January 2012 at 5pm and Rugby Union star when Ben Cohen will shortlist the top entries, for full details of the competition and how to enter go to the Sports Charter website