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Above all, we want the Students’ Union to be inclusive. We want to know that we are truly open to everyone and have opportunities that can be accessed by all students, not matter who you are, where you come from or what you enjoy. That’s why we are hugely proud to have been awarded the British University and College Sport (BUCS) Take a Stand award for inclusivity in sport. 

Pride in Sport

Being active can be a great way to make friends and build confidence. And there’s no place on that pitch for discrimination.

A team should feel like a family. But there are students all over the world who have been alienated from sport. A recent National Union of Students report said that one in seven students was put off by homophobia, biphobia or transphobia. To tackle this, TeamUCL linked up with the LGBT+ Network and launched Pride In Sport, a campaign that aims to make sport welcoming for all students. We’ve provided training to club leaders, so that they know how to deal with complaints and raise issues. All of our clubs now proudly wear their Pride In Sport badges on their kits, showing that they’re up to the challenge.

Project Active

More than that, our new Project Active programme is bringing exercise to groups of students who aren’t interested in traditional sport. It’s given those who shudder at the thought of a run the chance to get active with kayaking, provided a safe space for Muslim women students to work out and gotten 100s of students cycling to make their own smoothies. Almost 800 students (66% of whom described themselves as not being very active!) went to a session last year and we’re looking forward to getting even more people on board over the next 12 months. 

These, now award-winning, campaigns to make sure that exercise can be fun, social and healthy for everyone wouldn’t have been possible without the students that embraced them - whether it was wearing rainbow laces on the pitch, sharing the word about our women-only active events or attending training to help run your club more inclusively, this award belongs to all of us.