Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination

Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG)

Ensuring Football is For All


In December 2012, The FA Board Approved English Football’s Inclusion And Anti-Discrimination Plan 2013-2017, Which Brings Together Varied Stakeholders From Across The Game With A Comprehensive Plan To Promote Inclusion And Tackle Discrimination In All Its Forms.


Get In Touch

Bethan Woolley
Football Development Officer (Inclusion)


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


The FA’s Anti-Discrimination Action Plan has four key goals which the IAG can help deliver:

  • Widen football’s talent pool-by recruiting volunteer IAG members to support CFAs develop inclusive county plans, and add capacity to CFA Boards, Councils and Committee
  • Clarify anti-discrimination regulations and sanctions-by assisting CFAs with raising awareness of the minimum five match ban for abusive or discriminatory behaviour; and mandatory equality education
  • Instill confidence in reporting discrimination-through raising awareness within the wider football community on how to report discrimination, and advising on tactics to instill confidence in the reporting and disciplinary process
  • Increase knowledge and awareness-by supporting CFAs with embedding inclusive practices within existing development programmes, and promoting education in equality.

It is paramount that equality and inclusion is incorporated into our project planning, organisation and delivery by our staff to develop football and increase participation. The County Inclusion Strategy aims to promote the Association’s wide ranging equality agenda across the FA’s four strategic goals of Growth and Retention, Better Players, Running the Game and Raising Standards. It outlines the action that the Association take to ensure equality of opportunity for those administering and playing the game.

As part of the Plan, 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.


Gavin Nelson
Profession: Active Lives Education (Co-Founder) (IAG Chair)

Naomi Bird
Profession: Insight, Communications & Equalities Manager at Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent.

Steph Alexander
Profession: Staffordshire Womens Aid

Lucy Jelf
Profession: Inclusion Football Co-ordinator at Burton Albion Community Trust

Raymond Lynn
Profession: FairFootball (Founder)

Jonathon Connolly
Profession: Staffordshire Police Crime Commissioner

Lee Fraser
Profession: Community Engagement Officer (MOD Stafford)

Skye Stewart
Profession: Chairwoman at Black Country FC

James Battrick
Profession: Trans- Staffordshire

Kirsty Lewis
Profession: Trans- Staffordshire / Staffordshire Buddies

Want to find out more?

HEre are some answers to your frequently asked questions

We are always looking for people to get involved with our inclusive projects. If you wish to become a member or get involved with our IAG you can contact our Football Development Officer (Inclusion) to find out more information.

The Staffordshire FA IAG is in place in order to advise and guide the Staffordshire FA on all inclusive programmes, initiatives, and ensuring an equal workforce.