Clean Sport Week: education key to anti-doping

AoC Sport  is supporting UK Anti-Doping’s second Clean Sport Week, which runs until May 27.

The week aims to raise awareness about clean sport, celebrate the successes of clean athletes, and promote the work of the anti-doping community in the fight for clean sport.

This year’s campaign will have a strong focus on supplement use and image enhancing culture in the UK, with new research set to be revealed during the week to encourage a wider public debate on the issue.

AoC Sport is proud to work with UKAD to educate college students who are excited about sport.

UKAD’s Head of Education and Athlete Support, Amanda Hudson, told us about their work at the AoC Sport National Championships last month.

“We really enjoyed our time at the National Championships engaging with such a wide range of people, and feel we made a difference to the event, helping those in attendance learn more about clean sport.

“We know that young people can be influenced and our time speaking with parents, coaches and lecturers was a valuable and worthwhile educational experience.

“The stand in the David Ross sports venue was very popular with students. We had plenty of prizes for students to win, and many asked great questions about clean sport and the impact it can have on them as a student athlete.

“They seemed particularly interested to discuss supplements, the risks involved in taking them and also the testing procedures. We had a highly engaging interaction with students and everyone we spoke to seemed to take an interest in the topic of anti-doping and understood that they too, have a role to play in helping us protect clean sport.

“Over the next few months we look forward to developing our partnership with AoC Sport so our education programmes and resources can reach more sporty students, helping to protect the integrity of inter-college sport.”

Why they were there

UKAD was present at the AoC Sport National Championships to educate athletes and athlete support personnel (coaches, teachers, parents and other support personnel) about clean sport and the 100% Me athlete education programme.

Through roaming outreach at sports venues and running the 100% me stand in the David Ross Sports Village, th aim was to provide a learning opportunity to help students understand why clean sport matters and how they can play they part.

What information they were providing

The aim was to initiate conversations with those at the event about the values of sport, the anti-doping rule and core topics such as testing. Importantly, they provided information on how to minimise the risks of inadvertent doping, such as how to check medications, the risks with supplements, consequences of doping decisions and answering any questions.

There were information leaflets for parents and carers to take away and each athlete got a Clean Sport Essential card which had key messages, contacts and web links on. There was also a variety of prizes available to win when playing some of the interactive games and answering clean sport questions.