Joint Statement from Active Humber, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and North Yorkshire Sport on the Whyte Review in to the Sport of Gymnastics:
Like everyone who has read about the Whyte Review into the Sport of Gymnastics, we are appalled at the treatment that many young Gymnasts have been subjected to in the pursuit of their chosen sport.
The kind of behaviour that has been described has no place in society, let alone sport which has the potential to be a huge force for good and it is disappointing when this opportunity is missed.
Whilst there are far more ‘good’ coaches than ‘bad’, far more gymnasts who don’t experience the kinds of negative behaviour described than do, we must not underestimate the scale of the problem and it is imperative that clubs, coaches, athletes and parents work together to ensure that sport is a safe haven for young people to develop and nurture their talent.
Safeguarding is of paramount importance in sport and should anyone have any concerns guidance on how to raise these can be found on every National Governing Bodies’ websites or on the Active Partnerships’ websites.
There is much that is good about sport in Yorkshire and Humber and we have some fantastic Gymnastics clubs within the Region who will be devastated to hear these stories and we applaud their good work and support them in their endeavours.
Sport remains a force for good and a vital part of the lives of many people within Yorkshire and Humber but it can only remain so if we ensure that there is no place for the type of behaviour highlighted in the Whyte Report.
For more information:
- Contact our Safeguarding team
- UK Coaching Safeguarding pages
- NSPCC Safeguarding pages
- Ann Craft Trust