Professor joins House of Lords discussion on sport participation
Professor Hylton was invited to join the roundtable, which will take place on Wednesday 30 September at 10am and will be chaired by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. Also taking part will be a small group of practitioners, academics, educators and funders.
Professor Hylton commented: “I am honoured to have been invited to this event though I am conscious that a lot of difficult issues will be raised that many key stakeholders in sport have struggled to tackle. The challenge for the roundtable is to communicate to others in sport that they need to act on the knowledge that ‘race’, gender and disability are factors shown to privilege or constrain access and participation.
“I am conscious of the way that these identities interplay and require a much more conscientious and thoughtful strategic approach at all levels than we have experienced in recent times. We also need a more coordinated national research programme to inform policy and practice across and within sports, sport governing bodies and stakeholders.”
Before starting at our University, Professor Hylton taught in further education where he led Access to Higher Education courses in sport and leisure studies in addition to leading the Prince's Trust Volunteers when teaching in Wolverhampton.
Professor Hylton has been heavily involved in community sport development and work concerning fairness and race equality. A founder member of the Black sports forum (BEMSport) in Yorkshire, he has worked with a number of governing bodies on issues of equality such as the Badminton Association of England, ILAM, Sport England (Regional/National) and Sport Leeds.
Professor Hylton co-edited the first substantive text on sports development for Routledge (Sports Development: Policy, Process and Practice 2001, 2008, 2013). He also wrote 'Race' and Sport: Critical Race Theory, which was recommended by Routledge as "one of the top ten resources for teaching undergraduates to think critically about the role of sport in society" (2009). Professor Hylton is Chair of the Leeds Beckett Race Equality and Diversity Forum.