SRtRC give evidence to the Committee to investigate participation levels in sport.
Campaign manager Sunil Patel presented evidence built up over a 7 year period in Wales and provided guidance to the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee consultation at the Welsh Assembly.
Sunil spoke about the issues and barriers that exist for BME communities across Wales with regards to them partipating in sport.
It was made clear that "education is key" for this to happen, eradicating racism goes hand in hand with increasing participation and providing a level playing field.
Other key aspects highlighted was the need to research and consult with BME communities to ensure that they are involved in policy making decisions and project planning across Wales.
There is limited research that has been conducted in sport and from the ones produced, the BME communities had not been consulted in the processes, some include the Football in Wales inquiry from 2006 / 2007 as well as the Welsh Premier Leagues enquiry from 2012.
Sunil strongly noted that racism is a key reason why individuals are not joining clubs or participating in activities due to fear of racism. Our engagement with BME communities highlight they often feel not welcomed in sporting environments and coaches and organisational staff lacking the understanding of their needs and barriers they face.
There is a real need for Diversity and Cultural training for coaches, teachers and staff along with BME individuals being more reflective on the boards down to interal staffing and field officers through the recruitment processes of the sporting institutions.
It was also put forward that racism is everyone’s issue and every club and organisation including sports governing bodies need to take a proactive stance on tackling the issue.
There have been many reports and strategies produced over time about increasing participation and tackling barriers but there is little evidence of projects or outcomes to achieve these aims.
SRtRC calls for a full investigation into these issues and urges the Welsh Government to look into this as a matter of urgency.
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