Inclusion in Football


Football is open and accessible for all

Football is open and accessible for all.


Equality Statement

The Equality Standard (A Framework for Sport) was launched by the UK Sports Councils in November 2004 to help address the inequalities that exist within the sports sector. It is a framework to guide sports organisations, including national governing bodies of sport, towards achieving equality. In 2010 Dorset FA achieved the Foundation Level of the Standard and we are currently in the process of reviewing the Standard to ensure we fulfil the criteria going forward. It is important that we comply with the Standard to ensure that we continue to be an inclusive organisation who offer football for all, no matter what age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity to encourage and ensure equal opportunities.

The FA have a clear Equality & Inclusion Strategic Plan in place and The County Association are funded by The FA to deliver on National Game Strategy targets for male, female and disability players and female and BAME coaches and referees. As an organisation we must also ensure that any players, coaches, referees or volunteers wishing to access football in Dorset have the opportunity to do so, regardless of those protected characteristics described above. It is important that Dorset County FA, as a sustainable business bringing in revenue to grow the game are fully compliant with equality legislation.

This work will include a review of our Equality Policy and Equality Statement, an update for our staff and board members, consideration of how we communicate with our stakeholders and customers, and an analysis of our HR policies. This work will be led by the Board Champion for Equality, Andy Mercer and the Equality Lead, Justine Mosley, supported by the Chief Executive, Sue Hough.

By the end of the 2018/19 season our aim is to confirm the Foundation Level of the Standard so that we can achieve the Preliminary Level during the 2019/20 season.

For further information please contact Justine Mosley on 01202 688277 or email



We recently established an Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) to help drive the opportunities for everyone to become involved in football.

The IAG will support English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Plan, which brings together varied stakeholders from across football to promote inclusion and tackle discrimination in all forms.

The plan encourages greater inclusion in the game, and ensures that the services Dorset FA provides are relevant to the needs of all football communities in the county.

Dorset FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group has 4 key goals:

Widen football’s talent pool-by recruiting volunteer IAG members to support Dorset FA develop inclusive county development plans.

Clarify anti-discrimination regulations and sanctions by assisting with raising awareness of the minimum five match ban for abusive or discriminatory behaviour; and mandatory equality education.

Encourage reporting of discrimination within football community on how to report discrimination, and advising on tactics to instil confidence in the reporting and disciplinary process.

Increase knowledge and awareness-by supporting Dorset FA with embedding inclusive practices within existing development programmes, and promoting education in equality and diversity.

Organisations that are currently represented on our Inclusion Advisory Group include:

  • Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
  • FA Charter Standard Clubs
  • FA Coach Mentors
  • Dorset Mental Health Forum
  • LGBT Dorset
  • Active Dorset
  • Dorset Ability Counts League
  • AFC Bournemouth

For further information please contact Justine Mosley on 01202 688277 or email

Kick it Out

Kick It Out

Kick It Out is football's equality and inclusion organisation, challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaigning for positive change.


Kick It Out's vision is that Football will be a sport where people flourish in a supportive community, and where fairness is openly and transparently practiced and enforced for the good of all participants.

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