The FA and CFAs are here to ensure people from all backgrounds can participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, regardless of their age, sex, gender re-assignment, disability, marital and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, race or sexual orientation.
Both The FA and County FA’s are working to ensure everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to be part of the game.
We are passionate about equality in all areas of football and will drive forward our equality and inclusion priorities year after year.
This is underpinned by 4 key statements:
• We are committed to the development of equality, diversity and inclusion and will show this through achieving and maintaining each level of the Equality Standards for Sport
• Equality will be evidenced through all our policies and we will develop a new Equality Strategy
• To develop and deliver initiatives and projects which target protected characteristics, working towards increasing the diversity of football across the county
• We will continually monitor and evaluate equality within the business (including collecting and analysing demographic data) to demonstrate our progress and to identify areas for improvement
In order to make a difference, The FA is running and supporting leadership programmes for women, BAME and young people and will adhere to the Government’s code for governance in sport.
We will also examine pathways and promote inclusion and access for coaches, welfare officers, club officials, league officials, players, coaches and tutors; and we will challenge ourselves with measurable targets that deliver on diversity and inclusion outcomes.
We will also work with a variety of stakeholders on topics such as mental health and LGB&T to ensure that people feel safe and included in football.
Meanwhile, there also many programmes across football which support our aims as part of The FA and County FAs wider inclusion programmes which we will continue to deliver.
Our disability football programmes are some of the best in the world; we have an Asian football plan called ‘Bringing Opportunities to Communities’. Our women’s strategy ‘Gameplan for Growth’ aims to double female participation by 2020 and we continue to work to encourage football across different faiths and communities.