Following on from the England Netball, Black Lives Matter ‘Here to Listen’ Forums, West Yorkshire Netball held its own Forum with our Black and Minority Ethnic members. We wanted to hear about the experiences of women within our own county, so we could look to plan for the future.
During the Forum we heard about so many different experiences, which were incredibly powerful and we can’t thank everyone who took part enough. Hearing about these experiences has strengthened our commitment to make changes. We will continue to listen, learn and develop our plans through ongoing feedback to check and challenge the progress being made.
A key learning from our Forum, as with England Netball, was that racism and racial discrimination can manifest in lots of different ways, and over time, this leads to hurt and pain. We don’t want netball to make anyone feel this way, ever. Our ambition is to build a culture of inclusion, equality, celebration and the desire to change. We are at the beginning of this journey.
To show that we are still ‘Here to Listen’, one of our first steps has been to set up a designated email, so we can continue to listen and support members from our Black & Minority Ethnic communities. firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of this email is to be:
Over the coming months, the county will be looking at how we, along with support and advise from England Netball and others, can continue to implement further changes.