Dear Sport England,

Sport England gave the RFU £12.6 million in 2017 ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/38881709 ). RFU is the governing body of English rugby. The anthem of England rugby team is "Swing low, sweet chariot". "Swing low, sweet chariot" allegedly has connotations to slavery and its victims.

Does Sport England have a position about "Swing low, sweet chariot"? Has "Swing low, sweet chariot" ever been discussed by Sport England (e.g. someone may have said it might be controversial) and can I have all the related documents?

Yours faithfully,

Anne Smith

FOI, Sport England

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Dear Anne,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information about the RFU England
Rugby anthem. Your request was received on 03 April 2017 and has been
passed to me as I am responsible for responding to requests for
information held by Sport England.

 

As a public body, Sport England is subject to the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and we will handle your request in accordance with
the terms set out in the Act. We will provide you with our full response
promptly and usually within twenty working days. In some circumstances we
may extend this to allow us to consider the public interest; if this is
necessary in your case I will write to you again and explain why.

 

We will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than 05
May 2017. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if we can be of
any further assistance.

 

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Dear Anne,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information about the Rugby Football
Union (RFU).

 

Sport England is a public body which works to increase the number of
people who take part in sport and physical activity on a regular basis. We
invest government and National Lottery funds in a wide range of
organisations, including the RFU in support of this aim. The England rugby
anthem is beyond the scope of our involvement with the RFU and we do not
have a position on such matters, which are for the governing body in
question to determine. We have no record of any discussions about the
England rugby anthem having taken place.

 

This completes our response to your information request.

 

As a public body, Sport England is subject to the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and this means you are entitled to complain if you
are unhappy with the way we have handled your information request and/or
ask us to review our decision.

 

If you would like to complain about the way we have handled your request
or ask for our decision to be reviewed please contact:

 

Erin Stephens

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Sport England

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London

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Email: [Sport England request email]

 

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the Information Commissioner will not be able to consider an appeal unless
you have first exhausted the Internal Review procedure provided by Sport
England.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

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Dear FOI,

Thank you but I have a follow up.

Do you have a policy or guidelines about giving public money to organisations where there is potential or known problems (like racism, sexism, homophobia, violence)?

How does Sports England define racism?

Also, is there any records of discussion at Sports England about the fans of Tottenham Hotspur Football Team chanting words which might be racially offensive? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lon...

Yours sincerely,

Anne Smith

FOI, Sport England

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Dear Anne,

 

Thank you for your email of 25th April 2017 which we have handled under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our response to each of
your questions is set out below.

 

1. Policy for awarding funding

 

Sport England assesses all applications for funding carefully and consider
a range of depending on the specific criteria for the funding stream in
question. Further information about funding eligibility and criteria is
published on our website at the following URL:

 

[1]https://www.sportengland.org/funding/

 

As a public body we are bound by the public sector equality duty and this
informs all that we do. Our Equality Scheme provides a combined statement
on how we proactively value diversity and promote equality in all that we
do as an organisation, a grant maker and an employer. I have attached a
copy of our Equality Scheme for your information.

 

2. Definition of racism

 

Sport England does not have a separate organisation duty of racism. We
define racism in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and the associated
public sector equality duty.

 

3. Tottenham Hotspur chants

 

Sport England holds no records of discussions about Tottenham Hotspur
football chants.

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for the information. Fab.

Anne Smith

FOI, Sport England

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