Equality, Diversity & 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.

You can find out more about inclusion and equality on The FA’s website.

Welcome to the Bedfordshire FA’s Inclusion and Equality pages. Here we will showcase some of our recent projects and signpost you to useful information and links to where you can find information if you want to get involved in football and haven’t been able to find the group for you.

There is also information and advice on reporting discrimination and where you can go for help and support if you or somebody you know has been the victim of discrimination in football. We are here to help you and want to make sure everybody has equal access to football in Bedfordshire and that nobody is excluded from getting involved.

Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG)

In January 2016, Bedfordshire FA recruited members for our new Inclusion Advisory Group. The group reflects the diversity within the county and it meets formally a minimum of four times each year.

Its role is to support the County FA to deliver our Equality Action Plan. The group has had a pivotal role in developing this Plan and overseeing its ongoing delivery and will check and challenge the work of the Association to ensure our policies and procedures are inclusive.

The IAG members are also there to support victims of discrimination and offer advice and support to under-represented groups.

Bedfordshire FA Equality Policy
Meet the IAG team
How to report discrimination

Get involved!

Walking Football
Mental Health and football
Faith in Football
Race Equality in Football
Disability Football
Ability Counts Leagues
Kick it Out
Football V Homophobia
Women and Girls’ Football
Asian Inclusion In Football
LGBT Football

Online Introduction to Equality and Diversity Workshop

The FA has developed the online Introduction to Equality and Diversity Workshop as part of the RESPECT education programme.

The workshop has been designed to do two things:

• To support the growth and retention of new and existing players and workforce by helping people understand how they can make their club or league accessible to everyone e.g. women and girls, disabled people, ethnic minorities and emerging communities.

• To help people involved in football identify what language or behaviour is offensive, insulting and abusive e.g. racist, homophobic, sexist or abuse relating to disability. This supports the RESPECT programme by making clear, what is and what isn't acceptable and what action people can take if they experience something that is offensive, insulting or abusive.

Who is the workshop aimed at?
The online workshop is aimed at anyone involved running football in Leagues and Clubs e.g. administrators, volunteers, parents, coaches, referees, managers and players

How to enrol on the workshop:
You will need a FAN number and to log on through The FA Learning site CLICK HERE

There you will find a range of online courses available. 

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