Let us run a short sport and activity participation forum for your club or group.

As part of our #SaferCultureSaferSport campaign, we’re encouraging sport and activity participants to have their say about what makes them feel safe.

We all have the right to take part in sport and activity safely.

Wellbeing should be at the heart of clubs and groups.

We want clubs and groups to listen to and act on feedback

We also want to listen and include the views of club members in the work we do at ACT.

The Importance of Listening

When you’re open to hearing and understanding concerns and issue , you’ll know how to create safer places for everyone – club members, volunteers and staff.

It will also help reinforce what makes sport and activity such an enjoyable experience.

By hearing about things that aren’t going so well, you’ll know what areas to work on to make improvements..

But it doesn’t have to all be negative! Take the time to listen and you’ll also hear about what is working.
You’ll find out what makes your sport or activity a safe and enjoyable environment that people want to return to.


How Can You Get Involved?

Let us run a short sport and activity participation forum for your club or group.

We can run it in person or online – whatever works best for you.

Where safeguarding is a priority, and all concerns are taken seriously, people are more likely to feel confident to speak out or question the behaviour of others. So raising awareness is key.

We are happy to ask our set questions to your group face to face, and any data we gather is always anonymous. Or we can run the sessions remotely, via Zoom.

We will ensure our time spent with you is engaging, informative and fun!

We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Send the participant questionnaire out to club members.

Host a Sport Participation Workshop at Your Club or Group

We have a short podcast in which we discuss how these podcasts work, and the sort of positive outcomes they can produce. Listen to it here.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do at your club, get in touch!

Contact the ACT Sport team and start listening!

Meet The Team

Nicola Dean

Nicola’s post is funded by Sport England and was the first of its kind in the UK. Key priorities are reviewing and developing services in relation to adults at risk in sport and identifying, planning and implementing new initiatives in line with current practice. In addition, Nicola develops and delivers a training strategy, offers advice and information to sport and activity organisations and represents the sector at key consultations nationally.

In her spare time Nicola is a ski buddy for adults with learning disabilities and has seen some of the benefits and challenges facing adults at risk taking part in sport.

Dr Anne Patterson

Dr Anne Patterson is an experienced researcher with a portfolio of projects in the area of health, social care and safeguarding.

Her ongoing research focuses on in inequalities in health, social care and community provision. She’s particularly interested in exploring inequalities in the context of potentially marginalised groups.

Tina Thordal

Tina has worked in health and social care services as a nurse, care worker, manager, and trainer.

In 2004 she became a trainer delivering safeguarding awareness to a variety of services, clubs, and organisations.

Since Sept 2018, she has been part of a team employed by ACT and funded by Sport England to research the awareness and understanding of safeguarding within sports clubs.

Her team explores ways in which responses and actions are embedded within the various activity groups. They look for areas where there might be gaps in knowledge or practice.