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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.
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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.
Key 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.