Our Commitment To Equality

Staffordshire Football Association recognises that individuals and communities may experience unlawful discrimination on the grounds of their ethnicity, disability, sex, gender (including transsexual people), relationship or marital status, sexual orientation, age, HIV status, language, background, faith or religious belief, pregnancy and maternity, caring responsibility and socio-economic status.

We believe that equality for all is a basic human right and actively oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. We celebrate the diversity of society and are striving to promote and reflect that diversity within the Association’s own structure.

At Staffordshire Football Association we are committed to increasing opportunities for groups where currently there are few available. We aim to increase the involvement of these groups at all levels of football by recognising that inequalities exist and taking positive steps to address them. In order to achieve these objectives, ensuring equality has become a part of all the work that we do at Staffordshire FA.

With this in mind, we are working towards re-achieving the Foundation Level of the National Standards for Equality which will demonstrate and measure our commitment to equality. The Staffordshire FA was awarded the Foundation Level of the Standard in 2010, to recognise the work that has taken place to develop equality practices within our organisation and throughout our delivery within the County. At Staffordshire FA, we will be developing an Inclusion Advisory Group which will aim to assist the County FA in providing a service that focuses on engaging all of our communities, addressing positive interventions to address gaps in provision and developing meaningful responses to local race and equality priorities.

Throughout this work, Staffordshire FA will be implementing a clear strategy that is incorporated into our project planning, organisation and delivery by our staff to develop football and increase participation over the next four years. The County Inclusion Strategy will 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 will be taking to ensure equality of opportunity for those administering and playing the game.

 

Guidance and Support

To access our full Equality Policy and Executive Summary please click HERE.

For guidance on how to report discrimination within football, please find more information on the FA’s Reporting Discrimination Campaign please visit the FA website; www.thefa.com/news/governance/equality/2014/mar/reporting-discrimination-at-grassroots-level.

For more information on the opportunities available for disabled individuals within sport throughout England please visit the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) website www.efds.co.uk.

To find out more information on your rights as a lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals please visit the Stonewall website: http://www.stonewall.org.uk. Stonewall is a lesbian, gay and bisexual rights charity based in the United Kingdom.

Kick It Out is primarily a campaigning organisation which enables, facilitates and works with the football authorities, professional clubs, players, fans and communities to tackle all forms of discrimination. Visit www.kickitout.org for more information.

For guidance on making sport an inclusive environment for women, please visit the Women in Sports website www.womeninsport.org. Women in Sport were created in 1984, to champion the right of every woman and girl to take part in and benefit from sport.

 

Religious Calendar

The FA works closely with a number of faith groups to make sure the game is inclusive of all communities. Additionally The FA also has a Faith & Football Group which meets to actively work with us on this area of work.

In association with The FAs Faith & Football Group the Equality team have produced this years Faith Calendar. This calendar identifies the key religious dates across the key faiths that grassroots football need to be aware of when planning league fixtures and other football activity. The calendar also includes brief descriptions of what some of those days commemorate. Please click HERE for this years calendar.

 

FA Ramadan and Football Factsheet

Every year millions of Muslims around the world fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The following factsheet will help explain what this means in the football world. For more information please click HERE.

 

Further Information

If you have any queries or questions relating to this statement or any issues relating to equality or inclusion, please contact Football Development Officer (Inclusion), Bethan Woolley on any of the following:
(E): bethan.woolley@staffordshirefa.com
(T): 01785 279830
(M): 07816 536450

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