SPORT ALLIES IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING A NEW WEBSITE. OUR ORIGINAL WEBSITE WAS HACKED BY A FORMER VOLUNTEER WHO DEMANDED PAYMENT FOR ITS RETURN.
OUR PRIORITY IS TO WORK TOWARDS THE MISSION AND VISION OF SPORT ALLIES. TO THAT END, WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO PURSUE LEGAL ACTION AND INSTEAD TO CREATE A NEW AND BETTER WEBSITE THAT WILL REFLECT THE ENORMOUS PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE.
AMONG OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS THIS YEAR, WE HAVE SUBMITTED WRITTEN EVIDENCE TO A UK PARLIAMENTARY ENQUIRY ON HOW TO TACKLE HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORT, AND WILL BE MAKING THIS SUBMISSION PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
When we launched our first calendar in 2009, we had no idea that it would bring us so many new friends and supporters around the world. People who would not just help fund our sport but give us a way to put something back.
In 2012 we decided to join the fight against homophobia, and were moved by your response. Now we are building on that response through Sport Allies, a programme to reach out to young people challenged by bullying, homophobia or low self-esteem.
We have created Sport Allies in partnership with support from senior sports figures like double Olympian and World Medallist rower Tom Solesbury and world-leading professional services company EY. The organisation is being led by a Management Committee that combines university student perspectives with the experience of established professionals from the worlds of media, charity, banking and law. The Management Committee aims to lead Sport Allies to becoming a fully-independent registered charity by summer 2016.
We are currently undertaking a far-reaching review of the research into homophobia in sport and its impact on the development of young people. We will be publishing our findings shortly.
Watch this space for more information, and meanwhile please support Sport Allies by considering the many fundraising products offered by Warwick Rowers at our shop.
Below, celebrated actor Sir Ian McKellen puts himself in the hands of the Warwick Rowers at the launch of the 2015 calendar at the May Fair Hotel in London. The event also gave Sport Allies an opportunity to highlight key findings from its upcoming report on the impact of homophobia in sport on the development of young people.