Emma Sherry

Last month, Dr Emma Sherry from the Centre for Sport and Social Impact was invited by the South Australian Office of Sport and Recreation to provide strategic advice and a keynote presentation on the topic of sport and inclusion.

During the day with the ORS team, Emma delivered an internal professional development session to ORS staff regarding the research context in Australia and the Pacific on developing more inclusive and diverse sport organisations. The key message of this session was to provide insights that the team can apply to increasing opportunities for the South Australian community to participate in sport at all levels and a wide variety of roles.

Following the ORS staff workshop, Emma delivered a keynote and interactive session with a group of 30 CEOs and senior managers from South Australian state sporting organisations. This session was supported by the CEO of Inclusive Sport SA, and together with the ORS executive this session was provided as a joint initiative and to build on the momentum of Inclusive Sport SA’s Building an Inclusive Culture Forum and three Empowering Sport to Reflect Community Round Tables held earlier in the year.

Emma’s keynote and workshop discussed:

  • insight into current research and results that could influence SSO decision making
  • opportunity to examine how SSOs engage in diversity and inclusion, strategically and operationally (and what is the difference between the two)
  • sports to be aware of the benefits to them of embracing all aspects of their sport and all potential participants and pathways
  • sport understanding of the value and role of good news stories and the potential to get buy in from other partners
  • understanding that inclusion is core business and a strategic imperative and
  • to encourage collaboration and thought leadership between sport organisations.Key learnings from this workshop will be used by the South Australian SSOs to prepare for a new South Australian government funding initiative Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program which will deliver over $3 million to sport organisations for projects up to 3 years in duration. Emma and the team at the Centre for Sport and Social Impact are liaising with ORS to collaborate in monitoring and evaluation for this funding program to assess the impact of this policy on the diversity and inclusion practices of state sport organisations.

Key learnings from this workshop will be used by the South Australian SSOs to prepare for a new South Australian government funding initiative Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program which will deliver over $3 million to sport organisations for projects up to 3 years in duration. Emma and the team at the Centre for Sport and Social Impact are liaising with ORS to collaborate in monitoring and evaluation for this funding program to assess the impact of this policy on the diversity and inclusion practices of state sport organisations.