Equality Standard

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Football is an inclusive game and here Dorset County FA we are committed to demonstrating that we are an inclusive organisation to ensure that our National Game remains as such. Our mission statement of “Develop and administer County Football for All” underpins all of our work to epitomise this fact.

In October 2010, Dorset County Football Association became the first County FA in the South West to achieve the Foundation Level of the Equality Standard for Sport accreditation. This is a significant achievement as the County organisation is judged against a stringent National framework of criteria. The award is national framework for sports organisations aimed at widening access and reducing inequalities for underrepresented individuals, groups and communities especially; women and girls, ethnic minority groups and disabled people.

The work under the framework focuses on the two key components of ‘developing your organisation’ and ‘developing our services’. This was initially achieve for the Foundation level through the following aspects:

  • Dorset FA is committed to equality
  • Dorset FA has an equality policy that has been communicated and is understood by staff and key volunteers (see attached)
  • Dorset FA is aware of its current profile in terms of equality

Over the years Dorset FA has lead copious work to support both women and girls football and the disability game within the County as well as support many initiatives linked to ‘Kick it Out’ and mental health football in conjunction with ‘Time to Change’. For more information on some of these partners please use the links at the bottom of this page. If you would like more information on the background of the Equality Standard for Sport framework, please see the attached document below.

For any queries relating to this Equality Standard work please contact our Equality Lead Officer, Todd Govan, at todd.govan@dorsetfa.com or on 01202 688278 / 07943 810606.

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