Equality Standard

The SFA takes very seriously the challenge of making a positive difference to all footballers by eliminating discrimination and promoting equality within football in Shropshire. We cannot do this alone, but as an Association we will make sure that in our various roles we address equality and diversity issues to the best of our ability. As a direct provider of football services and as an organisation that is responsible for the nations’ most popular team sport we have a legal duty and the opportunity to influence how much emphasis is placed on equality and diversity, and we are striving to maximise our positive impact. We also have a role as the County Governing Body and will strive to lead by example in this field. We continue to work with the FA, all public partners, the voluntary and community sector and the private sector to link together to make the best possible impact locally. Access to equal opportunity for everyone who lives, works and visits Shropshire is an overarching principle that underpins all that we do.

Since 2007, when we drafted our first Equality Action Plan, our approach has been to make sure that equality and diversity is embedded within all of our services and employment practices. This included taking a holistic view and a co-ordinated approach to all key equality strands including: ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, and human rights.

We are keen to take our work to the next level by achieving the Foundation Level of the Equality standard and we recognise there is more work to be done. We are strongly committed to improving accessibility to football and this Equality and Diversity Policy forms part of our approach to achieving our goals. We will continue to take a personal interest in how the action plans are implemented and reviewed. We are confident that we can make good progress and build on the developments we have made in women and girls and disability football.

Dave Simpson
Board Director with Responsibility for Equality and Diversity

County FA Equality Policy

The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that the County FA is equally accessible to them all.

The County FA is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout football at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it.

The County FA’s commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.

This policy is fully supported by the Board of the County FA and the Director for Governance is responsible for the implementation of this policy.

The County FA, in all its activities, will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. The County FA will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, it’s activities.

The County FA will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable is regarded as discrimination.

This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal. The County FA will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

The County FA is committed to the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within football.

The County FA is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation - Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as well as any amendments to these acts.

The County FA commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims, when it is brought to their attention, of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice stop and sanctions imposed as appropriate.

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