Sporting (S)Equals

The long awaited follow-up to the grandparent of Erasmus+ projects - Sporting Equals has taken place. Sporting (S)Equals (see what we did there?) finally took place after a length pandemic delay.  The activity was funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme. 

The project brought together 40 LGBTIQ+ youth and sport workers to share good practices, to develop new knowledge and skills around methodologies, and to build new collaborations. 

We hosted participants in Glasgow from 27th-29th October, then in Pitlochry from 29th October-2nd November.  

On the Thursday evening, we hosted a media event with the LGBT Sports Media network at the University of Strathclyde where we had two discussion panels and a meet and greet session. Participants had the opportunity to meet some famous faces from Scottish sport, and to network with local youth and sport workers.  


On the Friday 28th, we hosted a conference on LGBTIQ+ sport and physical activity. 110 people including our participants had the opportunity to share practices in workshops alongside local projects and took part in many breakout discussions on topics of youth, mental health, sport and more.  

We also hosted an information session on Erasmus+ opportunities alongside an exhibition by one of the project participants Tina Smid who created a beautiful exhibition of Trans People in Sport whilst on her European Solidarity Corps placement.


Following our time in Glasgow, we headed to Pitlochry where we spent the next few days exploring new methodologies and collaborative opportunities. Our outdoor methods section included some local hills, whilst our accessibility methods section introduced many of us to Walking Football for the first time.  


Of course, we couldn't resist some further local engagements such as dedicating our Walking Football to the Football v Homophobia campaign, and hosting a Human Library.  


And finally, we found time to design a set of new projects for 2023-2026 which we'll be working on until the project ends next February, and beyond...