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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Football is a game For All

Football is a Game For All 

The FA and the County FAs work to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the game and that all involved in football have a great experience, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or disability, faith or age.

Our efforts 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
  • enshrining equality, diversity and inclusion in our day to day operations

In order to make a difference, we support leadership programmes for those from under represented groups 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, domestic violence and radicalisation to help ensure that people feel safe and included in football.

Meanwhile, there also many national programmes across football which support our aims in relation to inclusion. From ambitious plans to further develop disability football; an Asian football plan called ‘Bringing Opportunities to Communities’; the women and girls strategy ‘Inspiring Positive Change’ which aims to give female players equal access; and we continue to work to encourage football across different faiths and communities. 


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Hertfordshire FA is proud to have achieved the Foundation Level of the Equality Standard for Sport in 2023. This demonstrates our clear commitment to equality as an organisation and we are currently working towards the Preliminary Level with the aim of achieving this in 2024. 

Equality Standard
Football is For All


Our Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) has been set up to engage more individuals from under-represented groups into all roles in football. Our IAG provides ideas and support on our main areas of focus in delivery and plays an important role in influencing how we, as the County Football Association, make decisions for the good of the local game.


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