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​Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Football is open and accessible for all

The FA and CFAs are here to ensure everyone who is involved in football has a great experience – regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or disability, faith or age. Both The FA and the County FAs are working to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the game.

We will all work together on our inclusion priorities over the coming years. These are underpinned by three principles of change:

  • ensuring governance and leadership is diverse and modern;
  • removing any obstacles to access and progression in coaching, talent development or personal development pathways; and
  • enshrining equality, diversity and inclusion in our day to day operations.

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. You can find out about these and many more on The FA’s website.


Inclusion Advisory Group

Staffordshire FA has created an Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) to oversee the wider aspect of Equality in relation to the County FA Business. The IAG will enable Staffordshire FA to consult with diverse communities, and ensure that the services we provide meet any gaps in provision and are relevant to the needs of our local football communities.

Want to find out more?

Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions

Whether you are wanting to start an inclusive session, or participate in inclusive football, there are plenty of options available. You can visit the Disability, Girls and Women's area of our website, or you can contact our Football Development Officer (Inclusion) for any other inclusion queries.

The FA and County FA's are committed to tackling all discriminatory actions. There are two ways to report any issue that you may be concerned about.

1. by contacting the Staffordshire FA Discipline Officer
2. by using the Kick It Out reporting app.

Inclusion in football is about making sure everyone has a chance to be involved regardless of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, martial status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, ability or disability.


Get In Touch

Bethan Woolley
Football Development Officer (Inclusion)

(E): Support@StaffordshireFA.com     

(T): 01785 256994 (ext. 215)
(M): 07816 536450