Inclusion - Football is For All


Football is Open and Accessible For All

The FA and County FAs 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.


Essex County FA Equality Statement

We are committed to challenge and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, ability or disability, and to encourage equal opportunities.

We are also committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, taking steps to address them and providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.  We celebrate the diversity of society and are striving to promote and reflect that diversity within the County FA’s own structure.

With this in mind, we achieved the Preliminary Level of the National Standards for Equality in 2015 and we’re currently working towards the Intermediate Level, which demonstrates and measures our commitment to equality.

We have also developed a Moving Forward Strategy for 2018-21, setting out how we will promote the wide-ranging equality agenda across The FA’s four strategic goals of Sustaining and Increasing Participation, Coaching and Better Players, Better Training and Playing Facilities and Football Workforce. It outlines the action that the county will be taking to ensure equality of opportunity for those administering and playing the game.

If you have any queries or questions relating to this statement, or any issues relating to equality generally, please contact Cindi via or (01245) 393090.

aiming for intermediate level

Equality Standard

Members of the grassroots football community can play an important part in Essex progressing towards ‘Intermediate Level’ of the Equality Standard by completing a short, online profile survey.

Achieving this level is a crucial part of the overall Essex County FA ‘Moving Forward’ Strategy for 2018-2021 and the data collected will evidence underrepresented groups not participating in football so an equality action plan can be introduced. The Equality Profile Survey will also help to shape football inclusion projects in the future.
Equality Standard Update