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ESSEX COUNTY FA EQUALITY STATEMENT
Committed to Challenging and Eliminating Discrimination
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 us on (01245) 393090.
We will all work together, alongside The Football Association, 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
* enshrining equality, diversity and inclusion in our day-to-day operations
In order to make a difference, The FA run and support leadership programmes for women, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) and young people and adhere to the Government’s code for governance in sport.
We also examine pathways and promote inclusion and access for coaches, welfare officers, club/league officials, players, coaches and tutors, and we challenge ourselves with measurable targets which deliver on diversity and inclusion outcomes.
We work with a variety of stakeholders on topics such as mental health and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) to ensure people feel safe and included in football. You can find out about these and many more on The FA’s website.
FOOTBALL LEADERSHIP Diversity Code
The FA have launched a version of the Football Leadership Diversity Code tailored for the National League System, women’s pyramid and grassroots football, aiming to tackle inequality and improve the representation of diverse groups across senior leadership positions, wider team operations and coaching roles.
The Football Leadership Diversity Code has been developed in collaboration with club leaders, community football representatives, County FA Chief Executives and others across the game to ensure English football, at all levels, better represents a modern and diverse society.