The BAC exists to represent the interests of athletes by providing them with independent, confidential support and expert advice. Providing quality, expert advice, signposting and support in the areas of mediation, health & wellbeing and integrity issues the BAC could help athletes with, for example, issues they may have with their sport’s selection process, a grievance with a team member, a disciplinary, a duty of care or welfare issue or concern over their mental health and wellbeing.
If the BAC does not have the expertise to help directly then they would signpost to wider support services, such as our pro bono ‘free’ legal support through Winston and Strawn or Sports Resolutions UK.
In addition to support and advice, we work with them to ensure the collective athlete voice is listened to, and used to influence future decision-making. The BAC works to select and support Athlete Representatives from across the sports system to influence change.
The BAC works in collaboration with others within the high-performance system, including the National Governing Bodies of Sport, the Home Country Sports Institute, the BOA, BPA and UK Sport as well as key partners such as UK Anti-Doping, Professional Players Federation, MIND and the NPSCC Child Protection in Sport Unit and Ann Craft Trust.
We offer independent, confidential and expert support to athletes on a range of issues, as well as supporting the development and training of Athlete Representatives, ensuring athletes are involved in the decision making within their sport and the wider system.
We aim to ‘be there’ for all athletes, whatever their concerns. Issues with which we commonly support athletes include; selection and funding, challenging culture in sport and offering guidance on financial matters. Meet the BAC team who are there to provide support and advice.
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