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Running Industry Alliance and Include Summit announce partnership

Running Industry Alliance and Include Summit Partner to Promote Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Running for Underprivileged Youth

Running Industry Alliance (RIA) and Include Summit have announced a partnership with a focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in sports. One of the aims of the partnership is to ensure that running has a place for every single underrepresented and underprivileged young person, which is part of RIA’s EDI focus area with its members.

Include Summit is the UK’s No.1 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Summit For Sport, taking place on 3rd and 4th May 2023 at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

With a mission of getting “1 Million Underprivileged And Underrepresented Young People Taking Part In Sport”, Include Summit is a chance to hear from leading voices across the sector, attend expert workshops, and connect with others who are passionate about driving change.

As part of the partnership, RIA will be hosting a roundtable discussion at the summit on the topic of EDI in running, with the discussion providing a platform for experts and stakeholders to share their experiences and insights on this important topic. RIA members attending the summit will also have access to a dedicated RIA meet-up area.

Co-Leads Rebecca Richardson and Jonathan Midwood from RIA said: “We are excited to announce this partnership with Include Summit, and we are looking forward to attending the summit in May. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is one of RIA’s focus areas for 2023 and beyond, and we believe that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that sport has a place for every single underrepresented and underprivileged young person. This partnership is of huge interest to many RIA members and the running industry as a whole, and we are looking forward to helping to change the landscape in the industry.”

Jamie Hooper, Co-Founder of Include Summit commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with RIA to promote EDI in running. Include Summit is committed to achieving our mission of getting 1 million underprivileged and underrepresented young people taking part in sport, and we believe that partnerships like this are essential to driving change in the industry.”

Further partnerships that connect the focus will be announced over the next few weeks and will result in discussions being held at Include Summit that will continue across the year to The Running Conference.

RIA members can purchase tickets to Include Summit at a special RIA membership rate by emailing for further information. All tickets include full access to the entire programme of the two-day summit. A limited number of sponsor and exhibition opportunities are also available to RIA members.

Running Industry Alliance (RIA) is an independent National Trade Organisation built for the UK & Ireland Running Industry with the aim to collectively help its Members to drive the Running Industry forward to improve the Sport and Business of Running.

The Running Conference 2023 #TRC23 by Running Industry Alliance takes place from 10th to 12th December 2023 at Loughborough University.

RIA membership applications are open throughout the year, and anyone wanting to be at The Running Conference 2023 should complete the application form or contact to join RIA.

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