Sporting Integrity Workshop
On Thursday 8 November, PE students from years 12 and 13 attended an event hosted by Loughborough University which gave them the opportunity to present their views on a range of issues relating to sporting integrity. There were representatives present from a range of organisations including The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), UNICEF, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK Anti-Doping and UK Coaching as well as stakeholders and policy makers including former Loughborough MP Andy Reed, Eleven Campaign and Sport Integrity Initiative.
De Lisle students, pictured above, presented a debate to those present which summarised their views on the topic “should athletes be punished for what they post on social media”.
Following the event, Hitesh Patel, representative for the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, tweeted how it was “…great to be at [Loughborough University] for such an inspiring event. [It is] important policymakers engage with youngsters - they're the future and we need to better understand their views on a range of matters if we're to design relevant policies.”
The event concluded with roundtable discussions between students and stakeholders, who then provided examples of how the views and opinions of students would form part of their strategic planning. Representatives from Sporting Integrity Initiative later reported how “students from De Lisle College emphasised that as athletes are role models, they do have a duty to self-censor on social media. Others argued that their right to free speech extends to social media. All agreed that racism, sexism and homophobia should not be tolerated”. (http://www.sportsintegrityinitiative.com/sport-integrity-would-benefit-from-young-peoples-ideas/)
De Lisle students who attended the event found it to be both inspiring and motivational; they particularly valued how their views and opinions were listened to by the influential stakeholders and policymakers who were present.