The Sport Intersectional Model of Power as a Tool for Understanding Intersectionality in Sport Governance and Leadership

Elena Simpkins, Philippa Velija, Lucy Piggott

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    The recent UK Diversity in Sport Governance report (Sport England & UK Sport, 2019) highlighted that two-thirds of boards have no Black, Asian and minority ethnic members and that board diversity is an ongoing problem. In the report, Sport England and UK Sport (2019, p. 5) acknowledged that ‘the sports sector is falling behind other sectors in terms of minority ethic members’. While this is an important acknowledgement, it reflects trends in both research and policy on diversity in UK sport governance that continue to focus on single forms of discrimination (e.g., gender, ethnicity, age or sexuality). In this chapter we move beyond this approach to consider how Black women experience sport leadership and governance through an intersectional lens. The key findings in this paper outline Black women's positionality at the intersections of race and gender and how these influence their sport leadership opportunities and experiences based on (1) their outsider within status, (2) inequities in their salaries, marginalising promotions and occupational stereotyping, (3) their identity negotiation and (4) their experiences with womanism. We conclude by arguing for more research that explores the intersection of race and gender within UK sport leadership and governance, which should be positioned within the context of long-standing and deep-rooted racialised and gendered ideology and beliefs within UK society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGender Equity in UK Sport Leadership and Governance
    EditorsPhilippa Velija, Lucy Piggott
    PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80043-206-2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-80043-207-9
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2022

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    NameEmerald Studies in Sport and Gender


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