University sports team encourage their members to ‘Be the influence’

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 29, 2015 04:44 PM |
Leicester Students’ Union is launching a new initiative to counter lad culture and sexism.

The Students’ Union already has a zero tolerance policy on antisocial behaviour and their Sports Executive has just launching the ‘Be the Influence’ campaign.

Being part of a sports club at university can lead to lifelong relationships and some incredible experiences, but can lead to some inappropriate behaviour.

Research conducted by the NUS highlighted ‘lad culture’ as a rising cause of sexual harassment and prevailing sexism at university. Thought to be particularly prevalent within sports teams, this can have a significant impact on people’s personal and sporting lives with many citing ‘banter’ as a facade for sexist, homophobic and sometimes dangerous behaviour.

By creating a more inclusive culture around sport, the Be the Influence campaign aims to completely eliminate antisocial behaviour within sport at Leicester.

Alongside the Team Leicester Code of Conduct it will do this by increasing the level of respect between players, encouraging a welcoming atmosphere and providing a forum where anyone can report club-related incidents in a safe and confidential way.

Ofure Ugiagbe, Sports President at the Union said: “We are committed to increasing overall participation in sport, and will do so by campaigning for an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

“Antisocial behaviour is a problem in universities across the UK. It is often attributed to ‘lad culture’, a term that we feel is dated. We aim to challenge the often misplaced perception of sports teams being at the heart of antisocial behaviour.

“From this initial campaign, which will include a guest speaker, interactive workshops and Thursday afternoon 'drop in' sessions where students can report incidents or express concerns, we will be highlighting further issues including LGBTQ experiences in sport, women in sport and disability sport.”

You can find out more about the Be the Influence campaign on the sports pages of the website.

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