Equality Standard Update

Equality Standard

Essex Working Towards 'Intermediate' Level

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Friday 12th February, 12:00pm

Referees, coaches and managers have an opportunity to play a crucial part in future strategic grassroots Essex football projects by completing a short, online survey.

Now Essex is entering the last few months of the current 2018-21 'Moving Forward' Strategy, consultations are currently taking place with key stakeholders across the game to help shape a new three-year strategy. This survey process, accessible for referees via this link, and for coaches via this link, will help inform about localised football priorities in Essex.

The short surveys are split into two sections, the first discussing referee/coach development programmes and the second involving an equality audit. The audit will help to better understand how the County FA can tailor services and meet the needs of local communities. Feedback is anonymous and it takes just a few minutes to complete.

Referee Development Officer, Lukas Wood, explained: “It’s crucial we obtain a snapshot of where we are in the county, so we’d appreciate if match officials could please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The information obtained will be utilised to support us in developing an action plan of work over the next three years.”

Coaching Development Officer, Andrew Crowl, added: “We feel incredibly proud to play a part in the development of coaches across the county, and are passionate about continuing this work moving forward. It’s been great to meet so many dedicated volunteers, who make a significant impact on people's lives, through the power of sport.”

To complete the referee survey please follow this link or, for the coach survey, please follow this link.

Equality Standard Update

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Tuesday 22nd December, 11:00am

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.

In July 2015, the County FA successfully achieved the ‘Preliminary Level’ of the Equality Standard for Sport, embracing an Anti-Discrimination Plan and continuing to work to address the key issues and the challenges which exist within the county. To achieve ‘Intermediate Level’, Essex needs to achieve many outcomes, including the completion of an equality profile of stakeholders.

The online audit is designed for everyone involved in grassroots football in Essex, and takes a few minutes to complete. There are versions both for youths and for adults. Football Development Officer, Cindi Chatha, is seeking the support of local club officials, coaches and playing staff, detailing: “It’s crucial that we obtain a snapshot of where we are in the county.”

“We’re moving towards achieving this Equality Standard level by the end of the season, and a lot of work has been completed on this. An Equality Audit is the main piece of work we have left which is required to achieve this, and we’re asking for the support of players, coaches and referees.”

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