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Active about inclusion

Mermaids’ ‘Active About Inclusion’ campaign recognised the importance of sport in the lives of many children and young people, and that sport must be accessible and inclusive of all.

Our work included offering training to sport clubs, working with sporting bodies on inclusive policies, supporting individuals to find inclusive teams, and conducting research.

While no longer a live campaign, Mermaids stands by the need for trans-inclusive sport for all.

Take a stand for trans-inclusion in sports

In recent months, various international sporting bodies have announced policies effectively banning trans women from competing. We think these blanket bans are unfair, unfounded and discriminatory, and more than 2,000 individuals and organisations agree with us.

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Let kids swim

Swimming is just one of the sports to recently introduce a blanket ban on trans women competing at elite level. We take a look at how policies like this impact the people we support.

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Getting curious

Hear our Youth Engagement Manager, Verity, talk about trans inclusion in sports in this episode of Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.


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New: Young People and Sport

In July 2022, we launched an online survey asking trans
youth aged 11-16 what their experiences were of participating in sport and physical exercise. Here’s what we found out.

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“”The freedom I feel when I’m out on my bike with my mind running free, it’s liberating.”

I have read a lot of articles about Verity before and he was the only trans man I could find who played rugby. I’m really happy that I can talk to him, it’s definitely put me a little more at ease about transitioning and playing rugby.

Miles, 15

Help us get Active About Inclusion!

Your donation will go directly to the Mermaids Sport Project, helping sporting clubs and organisations be more trans-inclusive.

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