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A Guide to Writing Single-Sex Sport Policies


The vast majority of sports NGBs affiliated to Sport England do not protect the legal rights of women and girls to fair and safe sport, despite the requirements of the UK Equality Act 2010.


Sports providers must provide safe and fair sport on the field of play, and must comply with laws to provide privacy, dignity and safety for females using changing rooms and toilets. The law applies to sports’ governing bodies, and organisers of sports and fitness activities such as fun runs and sports taster sessions. All levels of sports and fitness activity are included from grassroots recreational through to elite competition and all ages from children to ‘masters’


The Women’s Rights Network has written guidance to aid sports’ providers that are updating their Transgender Policy documents.


Inclusive Sport: A Guide to Writing Single-Sex Sports Policies

A short guide to writing policies that comply with the law. Aimed at Sports’ NGBs, Fitness and Activity Providers; Event and competition organisers; Diversity and Inclusion Officers, Safeguarding Officers and Sports Coaches.

Sex Segregated Sport in the UK: A Lawful Approach to Policy Making

An in-depth guide to complying with the Equality Act 2010 and the Sports Councils Equality Group recommendations. 


Contact your Sports' Governing Body and let them know how you feel about allowing males into female categories of sport (and into changing rooms and toilets). Use our template letter and adapt it with your own words or send it, as is. Check our Fair Sports Awards for links to sports' transgender policies and contact details.

For further guidance please contact us.


We play sport with our bodies, and therefore, in the interests of fairness, we must keep sporting categories separated on the basis of sex, and not gender identity. We know that men are bigger and stronger than women, and we know that this is the result of a testosterone fuelled puberty. 


We have more than enough data to know that in any sporting event that requires speed, strength, grip, resistance or fast reactions then women can’t win against men, all other things being equal. 

The differences are so pronounced, that when the athletics results of high achieving US schoolboys are compared to 2016 Olympic Women's Finalists, the boys win everything. In many events, the best women athletes in the world don’t even qualify for the boys’ event finals.

Source: Male High School Athletes vs Female Olympians.


We at WRN do not think it is right that parkrun are recording runners times by self-identified "gender identity". We believe that sex is real, and sex matters for sports, and we wrote to parkrun to explain why their policy of recording gender identity instead of sex hurts women.

You can
download that letter below. If you agree with us, please write to parkrun with your own views. Send a hard copy to:


CEO Russ Jefferys - parkrun UK, Frameworks, 2 Sheen Road, RICHMOND, Surrey TW9 1AE


And/or email to

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