Star athletes and experts speak on diversity in sport

01 May 2014 16:25:06.943

An Arsenal defender, anthropologist blogger and Paralympian swimmer are among the panellists set to speak at a series of Diversity in Sport events at The University of Nottingham over the next two months. 

The Diversity in Sport series aims to highlight the experiences of minority groups in sport.

Each event will see speakers sharing their observations — including why more and more Muslim women are taking up sport, how the London 2012 Olympics changed women’s football, and experiencing top-level competition as a disabled athlete. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

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The events in the series run as follows:

Disability in sport: managers and athletes share their experiences

Panel discussion featuring:

-      Mark Bullock, International Tennis Federation, Wheelchair Tennis Manager
-      Tim Reddish, Chair of the British Paralympic Association
-      Charlotte Henshaw, Paralympian swimmer and British silver medallist

12noon, Wednesday 21 May
A21, Trent Building, University Park

The Olympic legacy: how London 2012 changed the women’s game

Panel discussion featuring:

-      Kelly Simmons, Director of the National Game and Women’s Football at the FA
-      Casey Stoney, England and Arsenal defender

11am, Thursday 29 May
B13, Lenton Grove, University Park

Sport, women and Muslimhood

Anthropologist and blogger Sertaç Sehlikoglu will discuss Muslim women’s rising interest in sport and exercise

12.30pm, Tuesday 3 June
A48, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park

Claire Henson, Equality and Diversity Events Coordinator at The University of Nottingham, said: “We’re delighted to welcome such a high profile and diverse group of speakers to the University for these events, and particularly appreciate the support of the FA, the International Tennis Federation and the British Paralympic Association.

“There’s a rising interest in women’s and disability sport in the UK, but the experiences of the athletes, managers, coaches and supporters are often very different to those in the abled-bodied men’s arena. It’s important to highlight this, to improve conditions and support now, and to encourage the athletes of the future.”

All the events are free and open to all. Anyone interested in booking a place at any of these talks should email


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university in the UK among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World’s Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

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Story credits

Claire Henson, Equality and Diversity Events Coordinator at The University of Nottingham, +44 (0)115 951 5783,

Tara De Cozar

Tara De Cozar - Internal Communications Manager

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8560 Location: University Park

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