County FA Awarded Preliminary Equality Standard

Bedfordshire FA has become one of only 11 County FA’s to reach the Preliminary Level of the Equality Standard for Sport Award.

On Monday 12th March Sarah DaCosta, Bedfordshire FA Raising Standards and Safeguarding Officer and Bobby Mudhar, Director of Beds FA and Chairman of the County’s Inclusion Advisory Group, represented the County FA at the CFA National Inclusion Day at St George’s Park, to receive the honour.


The award was presented by Kelly Simmons MBE, FA Director of Football Participation & Development and Paul Elliott, Chair of The FA Inclusion Advisory Board.

The day was opened by FA Chairman Greg Clarke who spoke about The FA’s vision for the future.

During the day there were speeches and presentations about inclusion from Paul Elliott, Kevin Coleman, Cheshire and Birmingham FA, Louise Tideswell from First 4 Sport about the Equality Standard and Inclusion Leadership and an illuminating panel session with Kelly Simmons MBE, Robina Shah MBE Manchester FA Board and IAG Chair, Dean Watson CEO of Huntingdonshire CFA and Caroline MacRoyall, CEO of Surry CFA.

Former Luton Town player Paul Elliot introduced The FA’s new Inclusion Plan 2018-2021, which will focus on improving the diversity, inclusion and culture of The FA as an organisation. The Plan will be shared to participants across Bedfordshire FA and will be at the core of our development work over the coming years.