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Sexual Orientation Good Practice Examples

University of Derby Students’ Union

At the start of the academic year 2012/13 the University of Derby (UoD) granted £3000 to the University of Derby Athletic Union (AU) to run the Inclusive Sport Campaign following a proposal by the Athletic Union President, Mark Farthing.

The first stage of the campaign involved running a workshop at the Union’s Training Conference where the AU proposed that all clubs sign the Home Office Sports Charter, which aims to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.

The AU premiered a video on YouTube explaining the reasons why students should support the campaign. All 33 clubs signed up to the charter which was then turned into physical marketing on all campuses, so that all LGBT students are fully aware of the AU’s intent to make sport a safe environment at Derby.

The AU worked with Derbyshire FA to run two further events throughout the year. The first was a panel discussion; ‘Is Football Ready For an ‘Out’ Gay Player?’ where representatives from the AU, University, Derbyshire FA, Derby County FC and Kick It Out came together and shared their thoughts on homophobia in professional Football.

The second was a friendly fixture as part of Football vs Homophobia month, where the AU Men’s Football Club competed against Ball Bois, an all gay team from Nottingham, in a sporting fixture to promote the values of equal rights on and off the pitch.

The Students’ Union also empowered one of our students to write for the SU magazine about his experiences within Team Derby. - Drew Walsh, Director of Student Services

If you would like to provide a case study on promoting sexual orientation equality please contact Equality & Diversity Consultant, Mandeep Rupra-Daine – mandeep@nus.org.uk