Include Summit: Basketball England aiming to empower 'the youth voice'

Basketball England attended the Include Summit – the UK’s number one equality and diversity and inclusion summit for sport – on 3-4 May 2023 to showcase to delegates how basketball can change people’s lives.  

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager Alfred Nelson hosted a series of conversations about ‘the youth voice’ and how to empower the next generation to help shape the future of sports. 

Those in attendance also had the opportunity to shoot some hoops with Commonwealth Games gold medallist Orlan Jackman at a 3x3 basketball activation station - he was on hand at the ‘have a go’ area to give basketball tips and talk about his gold medal journey at Birmingham 2022.  

Orlan Jackman (centre) with fellow Team England gold medallists Myles Hesson and Kayne Henry

Nelson said: “With growing inequalities spreading throughout society, the sporting world is uniquely placed to stand up, unite and fight for equality. This can be done by creating environments that allow all to thrive, it is vitally important for the sporting community to congregate, share and grow together.  

“Basketball is the most inclusive sport in the UK and we are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all sports to tackle society's inequalities. The Include Summit is one of the largest ED&I events specifically for sport in the UK, and the event gives us the opportunity to discuss and learn alongside those with shared values and a shared vision. 

“The Include Summit's mission to ‘help get one million underprivileged & underrepresented young people taking part in sports’ is a vital mission that we share. This is why we continue to strive for improvement that creates a basketball culture for all.” 

Taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, the summit heared keynote addresses from the likes of Rt. Hon. Stewart Andrew MP Minister for Sport, Tourism, Civil Society, and Minister for Equalities, Women in Football CEO Yvonne Harrison, Kick it Out CEO Tony Burnett, Rugby World Cup winner and sports broadcaster Maggie Alphonsi MBE, Fearless Women CEO Sue Anstiss, Great Britain and England hockey player Darcy Bourne, Youth Charter Founder Geoff Thompson MBE, and Bristol City WFC Coach Anita Asante, along with many other influential people from the world of sport and media. 

The work of Inclusive Cultures Founding Director Jamie Hooper and Meji Media Events Group CEO Gurmej Pawar, the Include Summit brings together key individuals and sports bodies all working towards achieving greater equality, diversity and inclusion in sport. 

Its overall mission is to help get one million underprivileged and underrepresented young people taking part in sport, with the long-term aim of transforming the diversity of the sporting workforce.  


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