Equality and Diversity
The Welsh Football Trust takes very seriously the challenge of making a positive difference to all involved within the Welsh Football Family by eliminating discrimination and promoting equality within football across all regions of Wales. We cannot do this alone, but we will make sure that in our various roles we address equality and diversity issues to the best of our ability. As a direct provider of football services and as an organisation that is responsible for the nations’ most popular team sport we have a legal duty and the opportunity to influence how much emphasis is placed on equality and diversity, and we are striving to maximise our positive impact. We continue to work with all Area Associations, all public partners, the voluntary and community sector and the private sector to link together to make the best possible impact nationally.
We continually ensure our approach is to make equality and diversity embedded within all of our services and employment practices. This includes taking a holistic view and a co-ordinated approach to all key equality strands including: ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, and human rights.
The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that the Welsh Football Trust is equally accessible to them all and accountable for:
- Setting standards and values to apply throughout football at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it.
- A commitment to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.
- In all its activities it will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. The Welsh Football Trust will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, it’s activities.
- A refusal to 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.
- Committed to the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within football.
- Commitment to a policy of equal treatment of all members which requires 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.
- Commitment to the immediate investigation of any claim, when it is brought to its attention, of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice stop and sanctions be imposed as appropriate.