Diversity and Pay Gap in Sport
You have been invited to partake in this research study, however, before you give consent, it is essential that you understand the reasoning behind the research and what it will involve. Please take your time to read and carefully process the following information.
Purpose of the study:
To explore the pay and diversity of participants that are currently involved in any sporting role, whether it be a career coach, volunteer or athlete.
Reason for your invitation:
We are aiming to understanding and unpick the diversity and pay gap for those with a sporting role, hence we are interested in those who are currently working in the sporting sector, like yourself, to complete the survey below.
The decision to partake or not in this research study is solely your decision. If you decide to partake, you can print this information sheet to keep, and sign an electronic form to give your consent to take part in the study. Please note that you are still free to withdraw at any time, whereby a reason for withdrawal is not necessary. However, your decision not to partake in the study will have no impact upon your relationship with your organisation, or who ever invited you to partake in this study.
The initial stage of this process involves the completion of an online survey, answering questions in relation to your demographic information, such as your age, gender, geographic location, socio-economic status and religion. The survey involves numerous multiple-choice questions as well as short open responded questions, taking approximately ten minutes of your time.
If you wish to partake in this research project, then indicate your consent to participation through answering ‘Yes’ in the checkbox responses to the questions at the bottom of this page.
Once the data has been collected from the completed surveys, it will be used to explore the current demographics of sporting structures and their diversity protocols, further determining and analysing their best programmes for engaging diversity among those who work in the sporting sector. We aim to highlight any limitations and barriers which are currently in place, and similarly propose a better system.
All of the informational collected in this study will be kept strictly confidential (par reasons subject to legal obligations). The data is securely kept at all times, whereby technology used to store this data will be encrypted and stored under password protection in Google Drive, whereby the University has security agreement to. In simple terms, the data generated through these surveys will be retained in accordance to strict University policy in reference to their Academic Integrity. Furthermore, the data will remain in electronic form for a period of ten years after the completion of this research study.
The data and analysis generated may be anonymously circulated via a report to the relevant parties, such as Sport England, academic publications and research conferences, whereby all participations who have chosen to share follow-up contact details, will be copied into any research publications.
The Organising Party:
This research project is being conducted by students and staff at Oxford Brookes University, within the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work, situated in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. There are no external sources of funding for this research study. Please note that this research study has been approved by the Sport & Coaching Science Programme at Oxford Brookes University.
For Further Information:
If you have any further enquiries or questions in reference to your participation in this study, please do not hesitate to email Miss Jemma Chapman on
If you do have any concerns about the way in which the study is being conducted, you should contact the Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee on
Thank you for taking the time to read the information presented above.
I confirm that I have read and understood the information sheet for the above study and have had the opportunity to ask questions.
I understand that my participation in this study is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw my response at any time without giving a reason.
I agree to partake in the above study.
I agree to the use of any anonymised quotes in publications.
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