Equality Diversity and Inclusion

In pursuit of progress.


The FA and CFAs are here to ensure everyone involved in football has a positive experience regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or disability, faith or age. 

We will all work together on our inclusion priorities over the coming years. This will be 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 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 LGBT 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.

You can find out about these and many more on The FA’s website.

Get in Touch

Jenny Blewitt | Safeguarding and Equality Manager


Phone: 01332 361422

Mobile: 07507 427548

diverse team


Our SIAG support and advise us to operate in a way that meets the needs of all of our communities and of the business. The SIAG assist in embedding inclusion fully into each year’s county plan, and ensure Football is for All.

They help to advance equality of opportunity amongst all our communities, foster relationships with all of our local communities to increase participation, and eliminate unlawful discrimination, bullying, harassment, and victimisation.

anti discrimination
TELL Us - WE'll tackle it


A new process has been introduced which hopes to increase the speed with which discrimination cases are addressed.

‘Tell Us – We’ll Tackle It’ wants to reassure people that reporting discrimination makes a tangible difference, and that the updated process is simple and effective.

Tackling discrimination is absolutely crucial, and it’s absolutely vital that anyone who feels they have been the subject of, or witness to, discriminatory abuse can report it to us.

strategic implementation


In August 2021 we announced that we had achieved 'Foundation Level' of the Equality Standard for Sport.

Equality, diversity and inclusion played a major role in the development of our new business strategy for 2021-24, and this represented a step towards achieving our goals.


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