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The British Athletes Commission's response to the Duty of Care Review

The British Athletes Commission’s response to the Duty of Care Review by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.


The British Athletes Commission (BAC) welcomes the findings and recommendations made in the Duty of Care Review published today which raise the profile of athlete welfare in performance sport.

The BAC contributed significantly to the Duty of Care review which has been undertaken as part of the DCMS’ “Sporting Futures” strategy. There were written submissions from members and our Athletes Advisory Group but perhaps more significantly the BAC was represented by selected athletes at each of the focus groups held by Baroness Tanni and her Working Group to gather evidence to support the review.

Ian Braid, CEO of the British Athletes Commission said,

“It is pleasing to see that the role of the BAC has featured strongly in this review reflecting the work undertaken in the last four years. The BAC now sees potential to grow its influence in performance sport helping to sustain success and giving the athletes more of an effective voice individually and collectively.”

“The Duty of Care report recognises that the BAC needs to be better resourced and funded to be more effective in truly representing our 1,400 members across various Olympic and Paralympic sports. We therefore welcome the opportunity to talk further with our key stakeholders to embed the report’s recommendations in sport for the benefit of all.”

Notes to Editors

British Athletes Commission contact:

Sara Heath

Head of Communications and Member Services

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0203 126 4270

Mob: 07776307244

About the British Athletes Commission 

The British Athletes Commission (BAC) is an independent membership association, which represents the interests of athletes in high performance sports in Great Britain. The BAC's members are from a wide range of sports (predominantly, but not exclusively, Olympic or Paralympic) and have represented their country (or GB). To find out more please visit: www.britishathletes.org

About the Athlete Advisory Group

The Athlete Advisory Group is made up of athletes from the Olympic and Paralympic sports and guides the BAC on the work we do are, they ensure the wider views of the athlete community are represented. The group also engages with athletes to collect feedback the work the BAC undertakes. The Committee is chaired by Susie Rodgers MBE, BAC Board member.

Matt Lister- Member of the AAG, LGBT Representative- provided evidence to the Athlete Transition Focus Group said:

'It was an honour and a privilege to be invited along to the Athlete Duty of Care meeting to speak on behalf of British athletes to feed back and offer some input from an athletes perspective. I think its essential to always have input direct from the athletes on any matter that involves and affects them.

It's important to remember that it is the athletes who are, or have the potential to perform at the highest level, do so with the support of their NGB's, not the NGB's performing with the support of their athletes. The NGB's have a Duty Of Care to every athlete under their umbrella to give both themselves and the athletes they work with the best chance to get the results they want.

I am so proud to work with the BAC, in particular as their LGBT Athlete Ambassador. The continued work they do to protect our athletes is something that is not often shouted about, but in giving the athletes a voice, it offers everyone the necessary equal opportunities to achieve the success they desire.'

Danielle Brown MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist, provided evidence to the Welfare v Winning Focus Group said:

"The Duty of Care Review is an important step in sport. A safer environment for athletes that ensures their needs and requirements are being met will allow more people to enjoy and excel in their chosen sports."

“It was important to be able to give the review committee insight into the challenges that athletes currently face. Being able to raise concerns as well as record current strengths with a diverse range of people involved with sport will hopefully ensure that elite sport becomes a safer and more secure environment for athletes.”

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