What is Inclusive Sport Design?
Inclusive Sport Design is all about bringing together best practice approaches, information and tools to help you make inclusion happen in your sport club or organisation.
Importantly I aim to break things down to provide simple and actionable approaches and methods.
In my time working in community and high performance sport I have seen a need to bridge the gap between intention and action when it comes to inclusion and diversity. All too often I hear organisations talk about being inclusive yet fail to take the direct action required to really make it happen.
I will help you:
- Plan for inclusion
- Design inclusive sport programs
- Connect with diverse and emerging target markets
- Learn from the best in the business
Inclusive Sport Design will take you from “Yeah, anyone is welcome” to “Hey, this is how we welcome everyone“.
Who is Michael Woods?
I love sport and it’s power to change the world.
I’ve been involved in sport one way or another since I was 5 years old. I played football (the round ball version) up until my early twenties. I also had a crack at track & field, softball, basketball, and touch football. Like most kids I knew getting into sport was easy and I stayed involved for the fun, friendships and fitness, plus let’s face it I was competitive.
Fast forward to the end of high school and I knew I wanted a career in sport. I (eventually) graduated from the University of Canberra with degree in Sport Management. It was towards the end of my degree where I discovered there was more to sport than the game itself. I landed an internship in the Disability Sport Education Program and worked in a community sport and health program for disadvantaged kids.
This experience opened my eyes to the fact that not everyone had the same experience as me when it came to getting involved with sport but more importantly that sport held this amazing power. It connects us, it can provide people incredible opportunities where they may otherwise face disadvantage or exclusion and for some it can literally change their world.
The best thing about sport is simply having the chance to play.Michael Woods
Now I help sports clubs and organisations at all levels discover and take advantage of this power. To create more welcoming and inclusive opportunities so that sport is something that everyone can be a part of.
Away from sport I’m a family man in my thirties. I have a passion for educating and sharing what I know with others (I’m pretty sure this is genetically inevitable, coming from a line of educators). I also love to travel and and eat great food.
I love to travel and I love stadiums. This is me at the Colosseum, my fav stadium.
This is me presenting medals at the 2015 Inas Global Games in Ecuador.
This is me speaking about inclusive language at asctaCONVENTION 2016.
ISD is here for you, so join the community!
When I first started out I found it hard to find and connect with people who wanted to achieve similar things when it came to making sport more inclusive.
Eventually I found some amazing mentors and discovered like minded people I could learn from and collaborate with. But, I would have loved to have been connected to other people doing what I was doing.
Inclusive Sport Design is here for YOU, to point you in the right direction on your inclusive sport journey, connect you with others and help you learn.
Thanks for being here and for reading this far down the page! I’m looking forward to you joining me as we work to make inclusion happen in sport together.
Making inclusion happen!
Thanks @LittleAthsQLD. Was a pleasure helping you get ready to make inclusion happen. Remember: Does your centre reflect the diversity in your community?#inclusivesport @LittleAthsAus pic.twitter.com/eYoM58LfLl— InclusiveSportDesign (@IncSportDesign) June 10, 2018