Inclusion - Football is For All

Inclusion

Football is open and accessible for all

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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Get In Touch

Natalie Curtis - Football Development Officer

By Phone: 01622 792140
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: Natalie.Curtis@KentFA.com

Kent FA initiatives

The Kent FA Equality Charter allows clubs to commit to raising awareness and educating their community around equality and being truly inclusive. We have a number of our high profile clubs that have signed the charter and every season run a series of events such as dedicating a game to Kick It Out or workshops around eradicating homophobia in football. It is a commitment from the club that they will run at least one event a season and can be a different area each season. This initiative is being opened up to all football clubs in Kent to be a part of. 

The Kent FA Equality Advisory Group is an independent body that’s responsibilities is to assist the Kent FA in its Equality profiles, policies and projects. The group ensure that the Kent FA is doing what it can to ensure barriers are being overcome and that it is providing Football For All. The Equality Advisory Group is representative of the Kent demographic and welcomes new members to have a say in the direction of Kent football.
As part of the Equality Standard for Sport which Kent FA currently holds the preliminary level of, we run a number of events centred on different diversity and equality days and months of action. We follow guidelines centred around the Diversity calendars designed by universities, colleges and unions. If your club would like to run an event centred around a specific celebration please contact Natalie Curtis for guidance and support.