Developing Inclusive Practice in aspiring Sports Coaches and PE Teachers through discussion and interaction.

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation at Conference


Reflections on the first year of delivery of The Inclusive Practitioner module that contributes to BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport, BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Coaching, and FdSc Sports Performance and Coaching degree programmes. The module covers key topics of social inclusion from the perspectives of disability, gender, sexuality, race and classism. The module is delivered using a standard Lecture/Seminar structure, with 3 hours deliver per week using discussive and interactive pedagogy.
The module carefully navigated sensitive, and sometimes political, topics to develop students’ understanding of a range of topics that impact inclusion within sport, education and wider society as a whole. Discussion and interaction was used to understand the contextual and nuanced nature of inclusion, with the careful curation of the discussions that took place. Students were encouraged to share opinions and perspectives in a neutral manner but presenting ideas as other people’s rather than their own (e.g. “some people may say that” rather than “I believe that”). This approach helped students to construct their own informed understanding of the topics in relation to their own experiences. Student engagement was high, and performance reflected this. Student feedback included “this session is a safe place and enjoy the lectures.”
Authentic discussion is key to developing understanding of key topics when developing the sporting workforce. Social Justice can be a difficult topic to teach as it requires challenging privilege and shifting perspectives. Therefore, the creation of a safe environment to speak openly to allow perspectives to be challenged is important to developing inclusive sporting environments.
Period7 Sept 2022
Event titleUK Sport Development Network Conference: Sport and social justice: if not now, when?
Event typeConference
LocationLeeds, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational