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Swim England releases Guide to Engaging Trans People in Swimming

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Swim England has released a guide to engaging trans people into swimming.

This coincides with the 2017 Rainbow Laces campaign which is currently taking place, celebrating LGB&T inclusion in sport.

The new guide supports pool operators by providing insight and advice on giving trans people the best experience of swimming possible.

The guide is designed to broaden understanding of what it means to be trans. It explores language and terminology, outlines what barriers trans people might face when going swimming, and most importantly, how to address those barriers. It aligns with our Three Frontier model for growing swimming participation within all communities and ensuring that everyone is enable to enjoy the many benefits of swimming.

Swim England Health and Wellbeing Manager Jamie Hooper said: “This guide is a hugely positive step forward for Swim England in supporting the trans community to access safe and inclusive swimming spaces across the country. Swimming is one of the most inclusive physical activities. It has so many important health and wellbeing benefits, and so it is vital that we ensure that everyone can access it.

“In developing this guidance we have not only focused on the pool environment, we have also looked at the entire customer journey, so the guide contains some shared benefits across other groups in the population too.”

A collaboration of key partners

This guide has been created in collaboration with a number of key partners. These include Stonewall, Gendered Intelligence and members of the Trans and Gender non-conforming Swimming (TAGS) group. It is based on accurate insight from a number of sources and best practise case studies.

TAGS is a community interest company set up in 2014. It provides inclusive swimming opportunities for the trans and non-binary community. TAGS started in one pool in London and now provides safe spaces for trans people to swim in three locations in London and one in Birmingham, providing opportunities for hundreds of trans swimmers over the past couple of years. TAGS model for trans inclusion can be used to develop inclusive spaces.

LGB&T inclusion toolkit

Last year Swim England supported Stonewall in creating an LGB&T inclusion toolkit for sports clubs and community groups.

The guide explores experiences of LGB&T people in sport and identifies some of the issues they face. The guide also recommends best practise around supporting LGB&T people to take part in sport.