Equality Policy


providing equality in football

Surrey FA believe that football is a game for all and are committed to tackling all forms of discrimination and harassment. All  participants, staff and job applicants will be treated with respect and given equal access to the opportunities Surrey County FA has to offer.
To view our full Equality Policy, please click here. 

Under the Equality Act (2010) there are 9 protected characteristics, and Surrey County FA is dedicated to ensuring that football is equal in all aspects. For more details on the 9 protected characteristics, including definitions and FA Guidance Documents, see below.  

Age: refers to a person’s age or a range of ages

Disability: a person’s physical or mental impairment which has a substantial, long term impact on their ability to carry out day to day activities. To be directed to the Surrey FA Disability web page, click here.

Gender Reassignment: a person has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment if the person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person's sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex. For the FA Policy on Trans People in Football, click here.

Marriage and Civil Partnership: the legal union of one person with another whether of the same gender or of the opposite gender. A civil partnership is a different form of legal union and should be treated no less favourably.

Pregnancy and Maternity: pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding

Race: a group of people defined by a common race, colour, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origin. To be directed to the FA's Race Equality page, click here.

Religion or Belief: adherence to a recognised faith or a system of belief which may include religious and philosophical beliefs, including a lack of belief (atheism). To be directed to the FA's Faith In Football page, click here.

Sex: a person's gender. To be directed to the FA's Women's football web page, click here.

Sexual Orientation: a person’s sexual attraction to someone of the same or different sex. To be directed to the FA's page on LGBT football, click here.

To ensure that all of the nine protected characteristics are celebrated and awareness is raised, Surrey FA have put together a Diversity Calendar for the 2017/18 season. This outlines key dates, events and celebrations across the world for clubs, leagues and indeed any individual to be aware of. Click here to download it.

For any questions about Equality in football in Surrey, please contact Tamsyn.Woodman@SurreyFA.com.

what are we doing about it

  • We are continuously aiming to provide access and opportunities for all members of the community in Surrey through our events and governance of football.
  • Ensuring that Equality Forum groups and a diverse Equality Committee are in place to monitor that we are providing opportunities for all members of the community.
  • Basing our strategy on values based on inclusion to ensure that equality is at the heart of everything we do.
  • Achieving the Intermediate Level of Equality Standard for Sport in 2017, which includes following our Equality Action Plan- click here to view the Action Plan. 
  • Working with partner organisations to increase equality in football, including Kick It Out, Football V Homophobia and Pride Sports.

can i get involved

Yes! We are always looking for interested parties to be a part of our Equality Forum groups and continue the progress we are making each season. Contact 
Tamsyn.Woodman@SurreyFA.com to express your interest and we will be in contact to discuss this with you further.

Surrey FA run 3 months of action each year: a Football V Homophobia month in February, a Disability month in May and a Kick It Out month in October 2017. To get involved with these months, watch this space!

The 2017 Football V Homopbobia month of action launches on the 1st of February! Click on this document to see how you can get involved.

Celebrating Diversity! We would love to hear about your good practice, particularly any initiatives for attracting members of communities who have not been your usual members, so we can help show the many ways in which people from all walks of life gain from their experience in the football. Send us your stories to Tamsyn.Woodman@SurreyFA.com.

where can i find out more

Surrey FA work alongside numerous third party organisations and charities that are actively challenging discrimination in sport, a selection of which are listed below. Click on any of the images to be redirected to that organisation’s website.

kick it out button        interactive button

pride sports button        the justin campaign button

To find out more about Surrey FA's equality policy and other organisations that we work with, or to get involved in Equality in football, please email Tamsyn.Woodman@SurreyFA.com or phone on 01372 384749.


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