Equality Statement

The Herefordshire FA is committed to promoting equality, diversity and football for all and as such has issued an equality policy.

As the governing body of the game, the Herefordshire Football Association (Herefordshire FA) is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it. 

The Herefordshire FA’s commitment is to challenge and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, gender re-assignment, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy and maternity or age and to encourage equal opportunities.

The Herefordshire FA is also committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community. 

The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that the Herefordshire FA is equally accessible to them all. The Herefordshire FA is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout football at every level.

This policy is fully supported by the Board of the Herefordshire FA and the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for its implementation.

The Herefordshire FA, in all its activities, will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, ability or disability. The Herefordshire FA 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. 

The Herefordshire FA will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable is regarded as discrimination. This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal. The Herefordshire FA will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

The Herefordshire FA is committed to the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within football.

The Herefordshire FA is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation under the Equality Act 2010. 

The Herefordshire FA commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims, when it is brought to their attention, of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice stop and sanctions imposed as appropriate.

Where to report concerns

The FA Report Discrimination free phone number and email address …

0800 058 0508 to report allegations of discrimination such as sexist, racist and homophobic abuse as well as abuse in relation to disability. This number is dealt with by FA staff in London although allegations can be passed back to a County FA or other organisation to deal with. There is also an email address: reportdiscrimination@TheFA.com  
which can be used as an alternative to the phone number.

Herefordshire FA

Jim Lambert

Chief Executive Officer


The FA NSPCC Child Protection 24 hour Helpline

0808 800 5000

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