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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

West Riding FA's Commitment to ED&I

The West Riding County Football Association is guided by the vision of 'A Game for Everyone,' placing Equality at the forefront of our mission. Recognising football's profound impact on communities, we understand the critical importance of harnessing this influence to create positive outcomes, especially in the present context.

West Riding County Football Association, along with its dedicated staff and board, is unwaveringly committed to promoting Equality. We have implemented a comprehensive Equality Policy that mirrors our collaborations with diverse partners, clubs, leagues, committee members, coaches, volunteers, and referees. This policy ensures that football in West Riding offers a high-quality, equally accessible experience to the entire community.

Our aim is to guarantee that everyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to enjoy the game and pursue their ambitions and abilities to the fullest extent. Specifically, West Riding County Football Association is dedicated to ensuring equal and respectful treatment for all members of our football community. 
We adopt a zero-tolerance approach to any form of less favourable treatment or discrimination based on Protected Characteristics, as outlined in the Equality Act 2010, including sex, age, disability, ethnicity (including nationality and race), gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion and belief, pregnancy or maternity, and marriage or civil partnership status.


The FA and County FAs 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 CFAs 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, we 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 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.


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Ashraf Wallace 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead


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