UK Sport Launches New Guidance
UK Sport has taken the exciting step of developing pregnancy guidance for elite athletes and Sports Governing Bodies (SBGs). They believe that "starting a family and being an elite athlete should not be mutually exclusive."
The guidance launched this week receiving a great deal of publicity. It has highlighted the need for athletes to be supported during this period in their lives.
As a major distributor of public funding, UK Sport can now ensure SGBs "owe athletes a duty of care... that their wellbeing and performance are managed effectively during pregnancy and post-childbirth".
Sally Munday, CEO at UK Sport said,
"...no athlete should be forced to make a choice between elite sport and starting a family."
We couldn't agree with her more!
They have created two separate guidance documents, for both SGBs and Athletes. We will, of course, be signposting to these via our 'Resources' page.