Football is open and accessible for all

Equality, diversity & inclusion

The FA and CFAs 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 County FAs 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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IAG - Inclusion Advisory Group 

Making Football Accessible to All

In December 2012, The FA Board approved English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan 2013- 17. This was an important moment as it was the first time that all parts of the game (The FA, Premier League, EFL, Professional Footballers Association, League Managers Association, Professional Game Match Officials Limited and the Referees Association) had come together with a comprehensive plan to promote inclusion and tackle discrimination in all its forms.

Here at Birmingham County FA, we have embraced the Anti-Discrimination Plan and will be continuing to work to address the key issues and the challenges that exist within the County.

The purpose of the Inclusion Advisory Group will be to provide advice, guidance, make recommendations to our Board on all equality and inclusion matters, and comment on any oversights in relation to our delivery/action plan. 

At BCFA we are very proud of the work that the team has done over recent years and also having attained the Equality Standard is a valued achievement.

The Inclusion Advisory Group at Birmingham, with the support of the professional staff and the board will continue to support the delivery of an inclusive and far reaching business and operational plan. 

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