English Football Association's Football Leadership Diversity Code aims to tackle inequality

 In October, the English Football Association launched the Football Leadership Diversity Code, with over 40 clubs across the Premier League, English Football League, Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship committing to tackle inequality across senior leadership positions, team operations and coaching roles.

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The code has been developed in collaboration with club executives, players, coaches, HR directors, media and leaders across the game to ensure that English football better represents its diverse society. Recognising that support structures off the pitch do not reflect the increasing gender and ethnic diversity seen on the pitch, it will increase accountability and transparency.

The code focuses on increasing equality of opportunity, with hiring targets to find the best people for jobs from diverse talent pipelines, and will expand more broadly over time.

Paul Elliott, chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, helped drive the development of the code alongside chief executive Mark Bullingham and Edleen John, The FA’s director of international relations, corporate affairs and co-partner for equality, diversity and inclusion. Paul Elliott said: “We believe the introduction of the Football Leadership Diversity Code will signal a long-term change for the English game. The number and stature of clubs that have already agreed to join us on this journey proves that with clear goals, transparency and a desire for action, we can shape a better future together.”

More information on the Football Leadership Diversity Code can be found at www.TheFA.com/FLDC

This article originally appeared in UEFA Direct 193

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