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Black Lives Matter - Equality In Rugby

08/07/2021

Dragons Rugby celebrates equality, diversity, respect and inclusion. We place huge importance on tolerance and equal opportunities for all.

We are committed to confronting and eliminating discrimination whether by reason of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity.

Rugby is for everyone. It belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to participate in it, whether that is as a player, official, member of staff or spectator.

As an organisation proudly serving a diverse community, Dragons stands united with those taking a stance to call out discrimination.

We will always provide a platform for our players, staff and supporters to speak out about the inequalities and struggles that they have faced.

Rugby has the power to shine a light on these issues, but we must do better and ensure it creates long lasting change. We all have a responsibility to tackle prejudice and inequality.

As a region we reject racism and are united in our support of the message that Black Lives Matter.

These three words have become an expression of unity for people from all communities who believe it is unacceptable to treat Black people differently to anyone else.

We do not endorse any political organisation, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity. But we do offer our solidarity in promoting this important moral cause and message.

We are unequivocal in the belief that there is no room for racism in our sport or the wider community and we'll continue to stand firm against all types of discrimination.

#BlackLivesMatter #RugbyAgainstRacism #RugbyForAll

As a region, we feel all forms of racism and discrimination cannot be tolerated. Therefore, we have made the bold move of appointing Kieron Porter as a Community Equality Officer, with the primary purpose of helping to educate and support our region in tackling racism and any form of discrimination in rugby.

We are also holding an open Zoom event with Ashton Hewitt and Kieron tonight (Thursday, July 8) for all clubs and officials to start to discuss the problem and outline our vision for the way forward. For more information on this event you can contact Kieron.porter@dragonsrugby.wales 

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