With NUS pushing their new campaign “Out In Sport”, our own LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans) Network “OutUWE” will be challenging and participating against UWE’s own sports teams, challenging them to promote inclusivity in our SU’s sport system.

OutUwe, the LGBT network, outline their intentions to play the UWE sports teams // Credit: OutUWE
OutUwe, the LGBT network, outline their intentions to play the UWE sports teams // Credit: OutUWE

With the lack of out sportsmen and women who play professionally in English sports, new ways are being thought up and facilitated to create safe and welcoming spaces for LGBT people to take part in sports. One way is through the NUS’s Out in Sport campaign which encourages University Sports teams to sign a charter to promote inclusivity, though this is slightly different from OutUWE’s goal which is to compete and play against the UWE Sports teams and show to students that they are inclusive and welcoming.

The “OutUWE Challenge”, which will be starting on the 22nd of November, will be an inclusivity campaign which focuses on taking part in UWE sports and asking them to sign a charter and allowing their sports to say they are OutUWE approved. We spoke to OutUWE and they said that they are “very excited to start and compete against the UWE sports teams to try and show students at UWE that being LGBT shouldn’t stop people participating in sports.”

Hopefully this campaign can promote a new view for students at UWE that everyone can take part in sports and should feel free to be themselves while doing them without being discriminated against.

By Louie Roberts