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Accessibility added to FA’s Equality Policy

Word-Bank is a really easy tool to add to websites, it makes text heavy information fun to access and accessible to a much wider audience.
For an example we’ve copied the Football Association’s Equality Policy into this page – turn Word-Bank on from the left hand pull out tab to instantly add a layer of comprehension.

The Football Association Equality Policy

The FA is responsible for setting the standards and values to apply throughout football at every level. Football is for everyone; it belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to participate in it.
The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that The FA is equally accessible to all.
All Participants should abide and adhere to this Policy and to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
The FA’s commitment is to promote inclusion and to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity and to encourage equal opportunities.

This Policy is fully supported by the Board of The FA and the Director of Football Governance and Regulation is responsible for the implementation of this policy.
The 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, its activities.
The FA will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of a Participant, which for the purposes of this Policy and the actions and sanction applicable is regarded as discrimination, whether physical or verbal. The FA will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

The FA commits itself to the immediate investigation of any allegation, when it is brought to their attention, of discrimination and where such is found to be the case, The FA will require that the practice stop and impose sanctions as appropriate.
The FA is committed to inclusion and anti-discrimination and raising awareness and educating, investigating concerns and applying relevant and proportionate sanctions, campaigning, achieving independently verified equality standards, widening diversity and representation and promoting
diverse role models are all key actions to promote inclusion and eradicate discrimination within football.

To see the original policy follow this link (pdf).

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Football For All

Inclusive Football is certainly high on the agenda within the London Football Association. Working within the National Game Strategy Plans for the development of Football for All, the London FA has made the commitment to provide football for all no matter their ability.

Football Association logoKey partners such as South London Special League, STEP League, Interactive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and along with many disability organisations, all work together to ensure opportunities are developed through our appointed Football Development Officer (Inclusion & Education). The aim of working with local key agencies and organisations is to provide opportunities within Football for All, encompassing females, males, youngsters and adult players with a physical, sensory, learning or behavioural disability/impairment.

We are committed to enabling all players to play our National Game and providing opportunities for people who want to become involved in the many different areas of football. We strive to ensure all those involved reach their potential as a player, coach, referee, administrator or volunteer.

After the major events from last year’s Olympics and Paralympics, there was a considerable amount of promotion towards disability sports, we are looking as part of the legacy of the games to help to raise the profile of disability football in London.

London FA aim to provide football for players of all abilities, but there is also an opportunity for those gifted and talented players to represent their County, Region and also England, specifically Football Association Disability Squads, such as Partially Sighted, B1 Blind, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disability and Wheelchair Players, so providing “Football Opportunities for All”.

The Football Development Team is very keen to support Clubs who would like to become accessible to people with disabilities or those Clubs who would like to establish a team for players with a variety of disabilities.

There are numerous opportunities for keen footballers to train and play football regularly in a safe, fun, friendly and of course learning environment.
www.londonfa.com/development/disability/football-for-all#

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Tottenham Hotspur Foundation extends reach

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is committed to providing the best sports, health, training, and education programmes for all their communities; creating opportunities, encouraging enterprise and innovation, promoting social cohesion and enhancing life skills. This is achieved by working with a wide range of partners including central and local government departments, schools, colleges, businesses and charitable trusts to design programmes that engage with all sections of the community.

Activities are based on a belief that engagement through sport can result in far more than developing sports skills. It can harness a sense of mutual respect and trust, widen horizons, raise aspirations and provide opportunities to young people regardless of race, sex, age or ability.

Through a partnership with Enfield Council’s Joint service for disabled children and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the Foundation have subscribed to PhotoRoute to aid travel-training within Foundation programmes, travel training for Enfield Special Educational Needs students with learning disabilities. The outcomes include greater independence for individuals by reducing the need for council provided transport.

The easy start programme produces useful step-free PhotoRoute maps within the local authority boundary. PhotoRoute publishes maps in website and embeddable formats for those who like to check routes before travelling also in print and iphone apps for those who like to reference maps en route.

Special Educational Needs students will be trained to use the PhotoRoute’s intuitive software and work on map building projects, their local knowledge adding value to way-finding while promoting a positive image of the borough’s hidden landmarks and supporting regeneration footfall.

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“West Lea Specialist Sports College & Physical Education School recently published the PhotoRoute map on our website. This was for the public to be able to find us on foot from Edmonton Green railway station to our main entrance. Only after a few days of the publication a visitor to the school commented that they found the link on our website and used the App to find their way to our school. They commented on how easy and efficient it was to use and made the journey on foot more enjoyable and low stress knowing directions. We are very pleased with PhotoRoute map and intend to use it for our pupil’s to know how to travel around our borough. Our next publication is to find the route from our school to our charity shop in Edmonton Green Shopping Mall, so our students can find the best, safest and easiest way to the shop”.
Julian Halford Community & Enterprise Manager, West Lea School.

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How this work fits into larger local picture.

Tottenham Hotspur FC and Foundation use PhotoRoute to increase community engagement