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Pride Sports' first Ambassador to visit the University

12 Feb 2015

Pride Sports, the LGBT sports development and equity organisation, has signed its first ever ambassador, who will undertake her first public enagement at Manchester

Lancashire Women’s Cricket Captain, Jasmine Titmuss, took up the role on 11 February 2015 and hopes to be one of a number of performance athletes to support the organisation going forward.

Jasmine first came across Pride Sports last year when she worked with the organisation on their annual sports festival, Pride Games in her role as Clubs and Leagues Officer at Lancashire Cricket Board.

“I am very proud to be named as the first Pride Sports Ambassador.  It is a fantastic organisation to be involved with and I hope that I can inspire the LGBT community to not only get into sport but get some real enjoyment and reward out of taking part at any level.  I am looking forward to working closely with Pride Sports and its partner organisations along with all of the LGBT clubs and the community to help raise awareness about inclusion in sport.’’

Jasmine will undertake her first official engagement for Pride Sports here at the University on 11 February, where she launches a series of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) fixtures in which University teams will be wearing rainbow laces to mark LGBT History Month in the UK. The Athletic Union has also been involved in producing an equality pledge. Lou Englefield, Pride Sports Director explains:

“We were approached by the Athletic Union (AU) to work with them on their Purple and Proud initiative for LGBT History Month. Last week Pride Sports delivered training to captains from all AU sports clubs, which resulted in the development of an Equality Pledge. The opportunity to introduce Jasmine as our ambassador at tomorrow’s event is tremendous and we hope she will inspire students in the Athletic Union to work hard to make their clubs inclusive of everyone.”

In 2012 the National Union of Students published a report highlighting the need to make university sport more welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students: