Greater Sport, Greater Manchester’s County Sports Partnership (CSP), yesterday became the first of 49 CSPs in England to sign up to the Government’s Charter Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport. The signing took place during Pride Youth Games, part of the UK’s annual LGBT multisport festival programme which has taken place over the past week in Manchester. County Sports Partnerships are local networks of sports clubs, schools, local authorities, primary care trusts and National Governing Bodies of sport working together to grow sport in England on a local level. Lou Englefield, Director of Pride Sports, the UK’s LGBT sports development organisation explains why yesterday’s sign-up is so significant.
“County Sports Partnerships make a huge difference to grass roots sport in this country. They help develop volunteers, get people into coaching, grow community sport and provide information about funding. When you think that there are more than 100 local LGBT sports groups in England alone, you can see how important it is that we, as an LGBT community are able to access these resources.”