As the Nation’s favourite game, we believe football creates and promotes a better and healthier society. In doing so, we encourage and promote the involvement of groups across all levels of football to the greatest possible number of people, regardless of race, age, disability, religion or faith, gender or sexual orientation.
Football is an inclusive game and here at Wiltshire County FA we are committed to demonstrating that we are an inclusive organisation to ensure that our National Game remains as such. Our mission statement of “Developing Football for Everyone” and our achievement of the Foundation Level of the Equality in Sport accreditation underpins all of our work and exemplifies our commitment.
Wiltshire County FA is fully committed to...
- Maintaining the Foundation Level of the Equality in Sport accreditation
- Working towards the Preliminary Level of the Equality Sport accreditation
- Setting up and delivering an Inclusion Advisory Group
- Delivering our Equality Policy (see below)
- Promoting inclusion
- Tackling discrimination and imposing sanctions as appropriate
- Treating everyone fairly and with respect
- Providing opportunities for all members of Wiltshire’s communities to be involved in our National Game
WCFA Equality Policy
As the governing body of the game in Wiltshire, WCFA 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.
WCFA’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.
The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that WCFA is equally accessible to all. All participants should abide and adhere to this policy and to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
This policy is fully supported by the WCFA Board of Directors who are committed to and responsible for the implementation of this policy.
WCFA 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.
WCFA 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. WCFA will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
When it is brought to our attention WCFA commits itself to the immediate investigation of any allegation of discrimination. Where such is found to be the case, WCFA will require that the practice stops and will impose sanctions as appropriate.
WCFA is committed to inclusion and anti-discrimination. The following are key actions to promote inclusion and eradicate discrimination within football:
- investigate concerns and apply relevant and proportionate sanctions
- campaign to raise awareness
- achieve independently verified equality standards
- widen diversity and representation
- promote diverse role models