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Changing the Culture in Sports Clubs with Ryan Storr

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Sporting Club Cultures can be notoriously difficult to change. So how might we tackle the sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia that prevail – making them more inclusive and welcoming to their communities?

Episode 36: Overview

In this episode, how do we go about changing the culture within sporting clubs – opening them up to the rich diversity within our communities?

How do we deal with sexism, the ableism, the racism, the homophobia and transphobia that puts off so many of us?

And what about all the emphasis on the ‘economics’ and ‘market share’ – as reasons for change.

Isn’t there a ‘social justice’ case for change?

Well our guest has plenty of insights into these areas – having studied sporting clubs up close as a researcher and participant.

CLICK PLAY to listen to Ryan Storr. 

Episode Guest

Ryan Storr

Ryan Storr – Photo supplied

Ryan Storr is a PhD researcher and co-founder of Proud2Play, an Aussie organisation designed for anyone who ever thought there was no place for them in sporting environments.

Episode Guide

  • Ryan introduces himself
  • Why inclusion in sport matters
  • Skills = acceptance in sport?
  • Why did Ryan hide his sexuality – when playing sport?
  • Why does being open about who you are matter?
  • What might inclusion in a sporting club look like?
  • Getting beyond limited definitions of diversity
  • How passionate individuals are driving change in sports clubs
  • Strategies used to drive change
  • How prizing ability and competition affects young people’s participation in sport
  • The challenges for volunteers in terms of driving change in sports clubs
  • The Lightning Round: inclusion, valuing diversity, volunteering, and competition
  • How Ryan’s research has affected him


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