In 2021, Forbes named the sports industry as one of ‘the least diverse, least progressive and least sustainable industries’. This lack of diversity is seen most acutely at the decision-making level.
Data shows women account for 40% of board members across Sport England and UK funded bodies, however, just 5.2% of all board members identified themselves as ethnically diverse, and only 5% consider themselves to have a disability. These statistics are echoed within teams - for example, less than 10% of players in elite women's football come from a diverse background, whilst 43% of premier league players are Black. Despite this, though, only 4.4% reach managerial roles.
Over the years, we have seen many discussions around improving diversity in sports, but have we seen evidence of these discussions moving from the boardroom to practice?
Join CEO & Founder of The Equal Group, Mac Alonge on Wednesday 27th September for our Masterclass: Diversity in Sport. Join either our morning session 10AM - 11.30AM or our afternoon session 1PM - 2.30PM as we discuss:
- Why is diversity in sport still a conversation being held? What are the current issues?
- The importance of diversity in governance
- Ensuring representation on our screens
- A pipeline of diversity - leaving a legacy
As Founder and CEO of The Equal Group, Mac has led EDI projects for organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Support, the West Midlands Combined Authority, and the Greater London Authority, completing several projects commissioned by the Mayor of London.
Mac began his career as a regulatory consultant in the energy industry, and has worked for several organisations including National Grid, the UK Government and the Scottish Assembly. He honed his consultancy skills at KPMG and Gemserv and is currently leading The Equal Group’s award-winning cross energy industry Inclusion Commitment project with Energy & Utility Skills.
Mac has contributed to thought leadership pieces on the value of EDI, most recently supporting an UK Government All-Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry into Equity in the STEM Workforce. He is also a Guest Lecturer on the MBA course at Warwick Business School.