EQUITY

The Council of the Leeds & District FA have carefully considered the Football Associations Equity Policy and Have agreed to adopt it immediately.         

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Piara Power at the Leeds Unity Cup

The FA's Equity Policy has been specially designed to give under represented groups in football, representation on their local football governing body.
 
The under represented groups in football we believe fall into three main categories.
*  Footballers with a Disability
*  Footballers from Minority Race Groups
*  Female Footballers
 
In order to proceed with this matter, Leeds FA Clubs attended a meeting at the West Riding County FA HQ
 
Piara Powar, Director of Kick Racism out of Football, The FA's Equity Officer, Lucy Faulkner, West Riding County FA Secretary, Roy Carter and County Football Development Manager, Julie Chipchase were the speakers.

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION'S EQUITY POLICY

As the governing body of the game, The Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally.
 
Our commitment is to eliminate discrimination whether because of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability.
 
We are also committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.
 
The following policies should be at the heart of every Competition's activities.
Leeds & District Football Association Equality Policy

The aim of this policy is to ensure that all members of the community are treated fairly and with respect and that the Leeds & District Football Association and all its Competitions is equally accessible to them all.
 
The Leeds & District Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout all its competition at every level. Association Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally.
 
Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether because of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.
 
This policy is fully supported by all the Officials of the Leeds & District Football Association and James McAulay who holds the post of Secretary and Treasurer is responsible for the implementation of this policy.
 
Equality at the Leeds & District Football Association means that in all our activities we will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. It means that we will ensure that we treat people fairly and with respect and that we will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, our activities. Furthermore, it means that we will not sanction any action, or lack of action, which might disadvantage a member compared to other people for any reason related to the list above.
 
The Leeds & District Football Association 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 Leeds & District Football Association will work to ensure that such behaviour is dealt with appropriately in whatever context it occurs.
 
We are committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of any discrimination within all the Football Competitions under the jurisdiction of the Leeds & District Football Association, and in the wider context, within football as a whole. We are also fully committed to circulating this policy to all our competition members.
 
The Leeds & District Football Association is fully committed to a policy of equal treatment of all its members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation – Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as well as any amendments to these acts.
 
The Leeds & District Football Association commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice shall immediately stop and sanctions shall be imposed as appropriate.

The Leeds & District Football Association Complaints Procedure

In the event that any member or members feels that he or she or they have suffered discrimination in any way or that the Competition Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have been broken ,they should follow the procedures below.
 
1. They should report the matter to the Association Secretary or another member of the Council.
 
The report should include:
i.          Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place.
ii.         Any witness statement and names.
iii.        Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.
iii.        Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to
iv.        whom made.
v.        A preference for a solution to the incident.

If the complaint is with regard to any individual member or any number of members of the Leeds & District Football Association Council. The complainant member or members shall have the right to report the alleged discrimination directly to the West Riding County Football Association or the Football Association both of whose contact details are listed below:
 
Ms. Hannah Simpson                                     Ms L.Faulkner,
Company Secretary,                                       Ethics and Sports Equity Manager,
West Riding County FA,                                  The Football Association,
Fleet Lane,                                                     25,Soho Square,
Woodlesford,                                                  London
Leeds                                                            W1D 4FA
LS26 8NX