The Football Association and Surrey County FA is committed to making football a game for all. In 2013, The FA and all of football’s bodies and agencies signed up to English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Plan and made concrete commitments towards achieving equality across the game.
Surrey FA was the first County FA to achieve the Preliminary Level of the Equality Standard and we are now working towards the Intermediate Level. Our aim is to ensure equality is at the heart of everything we do and in order to ensure we are reflective of our community we need to undertake diversity monitoring for across all areas of the game including players.
This simple online survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and asks players questions about their gender, ethnicity, whether they have a disability and whether they practice a religion, faith or belief and their sexual orientation.
It’s an anonymous and confidential form, so none of the information can be traced back to respondents.
Why do we want this?
• Asking you for this information helps make football more representative. It supports The County and The FA to ensure our programmes are inclusive and open to everyone; it helps us understand if people from certain backgrounds aren’t accessing or making the most of the opportunities to be involved in football; and it helps us to make sure that we provide such opportunities in the future.
• Only people analysing this data will have access to it, and, in line with diversity monitoring good practice, all forms are filed anonymously.
There is an option to ‘prefer not to say’ in each category if you’d rather not share some information about yourself but the more information you provide the more useful the data becomes.
What’s in it for you?
• Each individual completing the form will be asked to state which Club they play for and the League they play in. Clubs that submit 11 or more forms per team will be provided with a summarised breakdown of their responses, compared to their local authority data, highlighting any gaps in diversity and offering suggestions as to how you may recruit additional players for your Club.
• The same report will be provided for leagues that have more than 70% of their teams complete and return forms.
• This report can be used to demonstrate the clubs/ leagues commitment to equality, as evidence of monitoring should the Club or league be working towards the Equality Standard and as an example of monitoring data that may be needed for grant funding applications.
• In recognition of the Club's time encouraging players to complete the form any clubs returning 11 or more forms will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of the following:
- Free Club Affiliation Fee x 3
- 10 Nike Training Balls x 2
- Koolpak Team First Aid Kit x 1
The survey is available online by clicking here