LGBTIQ+ Junior Club Development
Welcome to the Pride Sports guidance on how to set up a junior section of your LGBTIQ+ club!
The guidance is split into 4 sections ranging from 'must do' to 'nice to do'. We invite you to work through each section and tick off your progress as you go.
We have been working in collaboration with LGBTIQ+ sports clubs and young people to understand the support and information needs for clubs to develop inclusive Junior sections.
For the purpose of this guidance, “Junior” means under 18 years old, and it is worth noting that for most clubs involved in our consultation, the 14-17 age group emerged as a key target audience.
We use the acronym “LGBTIQ+” throughout this guidance. This stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Questioning and Queer. We add the plus symbol at the end as terminology for diverse genders and sexualities are constantly emerging, and we want to give a positive nod of acknowledgement and appreciation to this.
The guidance is structured across four levels to support an incremental approach to developing a Junior section. Each section of the guidance includes legal considerations for work with under 18s, national guidance where available, and some examples of various clubs developing policy, plans and practice. We also include top tips from our participatory consultation with LGBTIQ+ sports clubs and young people, and a summary checklist for each section.
In developing the guidance, safeguarding information and signposting was flagged as the key priority by adults and young people. The Must do section is focussed on creating a safeguarding culture within the club. To help to champion this, we have included information on: welfare, codes of conduct, risk assessments, insurance, health and safety.
Young people and adults highlighted essential aspects of why they wanted to be part of an LGBTIQ+ sports club were: to feel included, be part of something, and to have fun. We have addressed these needs in the Nice to do section of the guidance, to ensure they are kept alive and considered in the programme of the club.
Note! The examples we give throughout the guidance are from other organisations, and are not the property of Pride Sports. We use them as illustration only for particular aspects, and we do not endorse third party guidance. It is important that your documentation and approach meets your own needs, and you may wish to get further legal or governance advice.
We warmly welcome your constructive feedback on how the guidance can be further developed and improved. You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pride Sports is able to offer consultancy and support for a fee to help you to develop your junior section using the guidance, please do contact us at email@example.com for more information.