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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


The FA and Shropshire FA 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.

The FA and The Shropshire 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 Shropshire FA 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.

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IAGs are advisory groups set up to advise the CFAs on equality issues – the specific target areas of equality can be determined by analysing local demographic data and current participation by people from different backgrounds in football.

The IAG is to assist a CFA in providing services that focus on engaging all its communities, which embed positive interventions to address any gaps in provision, employ effective processes to deal with complaints and demonstrate diverse representation across its structures that reflects the local football population.

Their role includes:

  • Providing support and advice on the county plan and the likely impact the plan may have on specific communities within the County e.g. ethnic minority communities, women and girls football and disability football
  • Reviewing data and equality targets in all areas from playing, coaching and refereeing to administration
  • Advising on specific interventions to increase participation by the whole community to address gaps in provision and grow the game.
  • Ensuring that the work of the CFA is addressing the needs of all its communities.
  • Ensuring that the CFA is operating in a fair and accountable way with regards to equality.
  • Being a vehicle for increased representation of traditionally under-represented groups in football including CFA Boards, Councils and Committees.
  • Monitoring and reviewing the impact of the CFA’s work in relation to equality through county plans and work towards achieving the Equality Standard for Sport.
  • Identifying areas of concern or poor equality performance, whether on the grounds of age, race, sex, gender reassignment, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships and pregnancy and maternity.
  • Ensuring that equality data is current and up to date and reported to The FA through the scoreboard / quarterly review meetings.

IAGs are not delivery agents, though some members of IAG may be engaged in the delivery of the game and act as ambassadors for the CFA.

Our Inclusion Advisory Group will take on a key strategic role in ensuring that all of our football activities are accessible and that pro-active development plans are put in place to encourage a wider representation of people to play, coach, referee and administer the game.

Shropshire FA are particularly looking for people with a background/expertise in any of the following areas;

  • Race Equality
  • Disability
  • Gender Equality
  • LGB&T Inclusion
  • Age Discrimination

If you're interested in joining the Shropshire FA Inclusion Advisory Group, please contact Ian Preece -

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