Foster Inclusion & Belonging

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of Ontario residents were born outside of Canada

When coaches take a leadership role in the inclusion of all participants, it sets the tone and expectation for teammates, other athletes, parents and staff. Ensuring that everyone feels appreciated, valued, respected and supported for who they are is a vital part of helping your athletes reach their potential.

Creating a Culture of Belonging

DLSport provides a platform where individuals from different groups can interact, build relationships and ultimately find a sense of belonging and community on and off the playing field. When sport leaders, including coaches, encourage and foster participation that is reflective of the communities that they live in, it helps to build a landscape where participants are treated equally and fairly and have access to sport in a manner that is relevant and appropriate to them.

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Inclusion Readiness

The first step to building an inclusive sport environment starts with an internal audit and reflection on your own practices as a coach. Use a checklist such as the downloadable one below to think about your own knowledge, training and the language that you regularly use. After your self-review, expand this thinking to include your club or sport organization.

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Using Inclusive Language

Using inclusive language with your athletes, their parents/guardians and within your sport environment is crucial in creating an environment when everyone feels accepted and that they have equal opportunity. When a coach leads by example by using inclusive language and terminology it sets the expectation among teammates and other athletes that each individual is accepted, appreciated, valued, respected and supported for who they are.

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