Strategy for making sport more inclusive

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In 2010 you published a five-year strategy for making sport more inclusive for disabled Londoners.  Will you commit to doing the same for lesbian, gay and bisexual Londoners who don't participate in sport due to homophobia and discrimination?


Answer for Strategy for making sport more inclusive

Answer for Strategy for making sport more inclusive

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My aim within grassroots sport in London is to increase participation in sport and physical exercise, focusing on those groups of Londoners who are most likely to be 'inactive'.

According to the most recent Active People Survey, published by Sport England, participation in sport amongst disabled people stands at 18.5%, less than half the participation rate of those who do not have a limiting disability. This substantial disparity was the primary reason for publishing 'Inclusive and Active 2', a five year, Londonwide plan for active disabled Londoners.

However, research conducted by Sport England in 2012 showed that the percentage of gay, lesbian and bisexual people participating in sport and/or physical activity is significantly above average.

Accordingly, I do not intend to publish a similar strategy focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual Londoners.