Grecians one of nine clubs to set the benchmarkEXETER CITY are one of an elite group of Football League clubs across the country to have successfully completed the first year of a ground-breaking pilot that sets standards for equality in professional football.
The Football League’s Code of Practice was introduced as part of a commitment to English football’s Inclusion & Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, which ensures clubs are inclusive across all sections of their business. This incorporates match-day operations, general operations, community trust, youth development, fans and the first-team.
At the end of year one, nine clubs (below) in The Football League have been assessed as meeting the Code of Practice foundation level, setting the benchmark for others to follow.
• Bolton Wanderers
• Blackburn Rovers
• Sheffield United
• Peterborough United
• Southend United
• Crewe Alexandra
• Exeter City
Each club successfully passed an independent assessment across twelve areas of operation ensuring good practice extends to all employees, spectators and other people engaged with the club.
The Code of Practice embeds inclusion and equality throughout the whole club, setting accountability at the highest level.
In phase two, the nine clubs that have reached the Code of Practice foundation level will become mentors to a further thirty Football League clubs that will be assessed in 2016.
Commenting, Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League said:
"The Football League is dedicated to ensuring that football is inclusive of all communities and free from discrimination.
"We recognise that great strides have been made in this area but there is still more to do. Further uptake of the Code of Practice in 2016 will ensure individuals, clubs and the League as a whole benefit from increased inclusion."
Paul Farley, Paul Farley, Director Exeter City Football Club, Safeguarding, Equality and Inclusion said:
"We are delighted, this is the culmination of a great deal of work, supported by a great team of people, working hard behind the scenes to make the club better."