[MUSIC starts - Bassbeat by Alex Norton: "Funky and upbeat, jangling guitars, a fat bassline and a full horn section create the perfect soundtrack to a late summer block party."]
FRAN: We need to talk about the outdoors
SORAYA: It tends to be the experts in particular sports who hold these conversations
FRAN: Not just the epic stories, but the important news, the big events and the social issues that permeate the whole of the outdoors.
SORAYA: There just isn't a podcast out there that is covering outdoors news
FRAN: Welcome to On The Outside
KIRSTY: It's a new style of podcast
FRAN: On The Outside is for anyone that spends their time outdoors in the UK and wants to engage in the wider outdoor community.
VENDANGI: What we're trying to do is to widen the horizons of people and brands
FRAN: Each episode you’ll hear a diverse panel of enthusiasts and experts
ANI: Everything from LGBTQ+ to different races, ethnicities, abilities and access
VEDANGI: It's the kind of people I want to see more in the industry
FRIT: And I really respect and value their opinions
FRAN: As they discuss the news stories that matter to them
VEDANGI: The perception of the athletic body image and how that looks, there is a thin body type associated with it
EDEN: And I think especially trans woman and men can feel particularly uncomfortable swimming early in transition. So it's just hopefully going to be a great way to get those people active
OGE: The BMC initiative that is looking to get different people's perspective and views on a survey
FRAN: We'll look at everything from specific sports news
KIRSTY: UKC did an article which spoke a lot about how climbing and disordered eating is fairly interlinked
FRAN: To the social issues that shape the way we experience the outdoors
OGE: With the anniversary of George Floyd, what has been the impact of that a year on?
EDEN: If they're only going to say "everyone's welcome here"-- some people won't feel welcome.
FRIT: If we put it in a really crass way, it's going to make these outdoors companies more money
FRAN: All in a jargon and judgement free way!
NEIL: It's okay to get it wrong. We're all going to learn together. And that's what's really, really important is the learning together, without fear
FRAN: Our first episode is out on the 30th July. So if you want to talk about what's happening outside, tap the follow button in your favourite podcast app.
(MUSIC ends with a few handclaps)