Community Leisure UK ezine
September 2021
Black Swimming Association partners with Community Leisure UK

06 Jul 2021

The Black Swimming Association (BSA) and Community Leisure UK (CLUK) have announced a new partnership, working towards a future with ethnic diversity in aquatics.

Community Leisure UK is the members’ association that specialises in charitable trusts delivering public leisure and culture services across the UK. The organisation represents 112 leisure and culture trusts in England, Scotland and Wales, who in turn employ over 100,000 members and welcome over 400 million visitors a year[1].

The partnership agreement is the first of its kind between the organisations and represents a significant commitment to tackle the existing inequalities in the aquatics sector.

“We are thrilled to have the backing and support of Community Leisure UK”, said Danielle Obe, Chair and co-founder of the BSA.

“I’m confident that by bringing the strengths of the two organisations together, we can make real change in the aquatics sector.”

The partnership will see the BSA and CLUK with its members addressing barriers preventing engagement in aquatics, increasing the participation of people from African, Caribbean, and Asian communities and understanding the aquatic behaviours of these communities.

CLUK will work to provide a nationwide platform for public leisure providers to discuss and address ethnic diversity within aquatics, while the BSA will bring its expertise and relations with the targeted communities to provide visibility, build trust and bridge them with the sector.

CLUK also aims to prioritise workforce diversification within public leisure, including equal access and opportunities, as well as encouraging diversity in leadership positions.

“We are delighted to formalise a partnership with the BSA and look forward to working together to address some of the challenges within aquatics”, commented Kirsty Cumming, CEO of CLUK.

“The BSA will bring expertise to support our members with their work and ambitions, and our members can offer insight to the challenges from an operator perspective.”


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