The Surrey County FA have joined forces with Pride Sports to offer members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) community the chance to take their first steps in the world of football coaching by gaining the Level 1 qualification.
The launch of the LGB&T-specific course is part of an FA initiative to get more people from this section of society involved in football coaching, and Surrey will lead the way by being the first County to run the 4-day programme.
This new residential course will run from 24-27th August at Grafham Grange School at a cost of £130, which includes accommodation and all workshops required to achieve the Level 1 qualification in a single weekend.
"This initiative is one part of the FA's LGB&T Action Plan, Opening Doors and Joining In, which we launched in February," explains Funke Awoderu, FA Equality Manager.
"This addresses a range of issues from reporting abuse to education on inclusion and wider representation in the game."
Pride Sports, the UK's LGB&T Sports Development and Equality organisation, is one partner working with the FA on their action to engage more LGB&T people in football. Alongside the Justin Campaign, Pride Sports has been delivering a pilot programme of training to staff and volunteers from County Football Associations.
Caroline McRoyall, Surrey County FA Development Manager, added: "We're so pleased to be the first County FA to be rolling out this initiative. Surrey was recently the first County FA to achieve the preliminary level of the Equality Standard for Sport, so we really see this as part of a wider commitment to inclusion."
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