The FairPlay Campaign is a joint initiative from Glasgow University Students Representative (GUSRC) and Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) to work against barriers and discrimination in sport and recreation at the University of Glasgow.
The Campaign recognises the benefits of regular physical activity and celebrates the fact these can be enjoyed by individuals regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
University of Glasgow Sport offer a broad range of benefits to students. These are, among others:
- Boosting of academic potential by counteracting the stresses of study.
- Meeting like minded people and forming life-long friendships that provide an invaluable support network.
- Achieving a healthy work-life balance.
- Physical and mental health improvement.
Over the years, GUSA and its involvement in University of Glasgow Sport have played a huge part in many lives. The FairPlay Campaign announces GUSA acting an even bigger role in student politics and welfare.
There is still much work to be done in the area of sport to ensure equality. Often sexuality and gender identity become taboo matters. There are few role models who promote getting involved in sport, and thus leaving many young people feeling marginalised and alienated.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGTBQ) students are equally a part of the University and sport community as anyone else. Therefore we must encourage and publicise an ethos and atmosphere of respect and openness that allows each of us to fulfil our maximum potential.
The SRC and GUSA’s collaboration is an important step for the University of Glasgow to discourage homophobia and transphobia within sport.
The University of Glasgow nurtures its thriving sport community, whose ethos is based on camaraderie, team spirit and openness. This ensures students can participate in competitive sports and recreational activities without fear of intolerance, exclusion or disrespect.
Being treated differently because of gender identity or sexual orientation is a serious offence in the University. The FairPlay Campaign addresses this and other obstacles stopping LGBTQ students from taking part in sport and recreation activities.
In maintaining a positive and supportive environment, the SRC and GUSA will bring to life the values of FairPlay in the following ways:
- Amending the GUSA constitution and those of GUSA affiliated to state that: no members will be discriminated against on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, religion, beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or physical or mental ability.
- Publicly promoting a gay-friendly and trans-friendly environment in all areas of sport and recreation.
- Promoting GUSA and SRC whistle-blowing and reporting mechanisms, so any prejudice or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (arising in sport and recreation or elsewhere) can be properly addressed.
- Continuing to provide all students with freely accessible advice on campus, relating to participation in sports, sexual orientation and gender identity.
GUSA and SRC will work together to recognise the steps required to give effective consideration and representation of LGBTQ students within the field of sport.