Rainbow Youth for Sporting Equality – RYSE

Rainbow Youth for Sporting Equality (RYSE) is a multilateral European project which looks to improve experiences for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) young people in sport.

The project aims to improve experiences for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) young people in sport, ensuring that sport offers the same opportunities to LGBTIQ+ young people as it does to others.


RYSE kick-off meeting 1

To achieve this, project partners will work with LGBTIQ+ young people to create a charter of inclusion for youth sport and thereafter train sport educators on the charter, thus improving their skills in supporting LGBTIQ+ young people in sport.

The aim is then to encourage improvements in social inclusion and equal opportunity across different youth sport settings and develop a cross-border online training tool that maximises reach and sustainability.

Partners will consider various settings where youth sports educators operate such as schools, colleges, universities and youth groups, and will take a co-produced approach where young people outline what they expect from an inclusive and non-discriminatory sports environment to create a Rainbow Sports charter.

RYSE kickoff meeting group photo

The project will then go on to train youth sports educators in how to create such an environment. In both aspects, the project will work across different youth sports settings, targeting both formal and non-formal education settings.

The project team will then distil the training into an online training module which will be presented alongside the charter at a final project conference to a group of
multipliers/managers and policy makers within youth sport education settings from each partner country for them to use and disseminate the findings.

RYSE kickoff meeting 2

Project partners include:
LEAP Sports Scotland (SCO)
Queer Sport Split (CRO)
EUSA Institute (SLO)

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.