Sir Gavin Williamson met with one of the co-founders of The Whistle Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing training and education around the issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion within sport.
Sir Gavin met Ajay Sharma, the managing director and co-founder of the charity, and discussed their ambition to increase youth participation in sport across Staffordshire. The charity has already done great work to raise funds for local initiatives, such as the Beacon Centre for the Blind, Edwards Trust, and Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre.
The new initiative to encourage more diversity in sport follows the precedent of a government proposal launched in 2019 which set out a range of measures to provide all children with access to high quality sport sessions during the school week. The work of The Whistle Foundation has served in collaboration with this government project.
Sir Gavin said: “It was wonderful to meet Ajay, and the work he’s doing to make sport more accessible will have a resoundingly positive impact on the health of others. It’s important for all of us to have an active lifestyle to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind. For too long certain sports have been inaccessible to certain groups, and it’s about time that changed.”