FA planning to launch diversity code in October
The Football Association plans to launch a voluntary diversity code in October to coincide with Black History Month, with clubs being invited to sign up for Equality In Football Leadership to increase diversity in senior roles in the sport.
Preliminary talks have begun over the code, which will set targets for diversity rather than quotas. Investigations by The Daily Telegraph have revealed an alarming lack of black leaders across sport’s governing bodies and the FA’s Equality In Football Leadership is aiming to address the problem from grass roots to the elite level.
Paul Elliott, chairman of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, set up the code and will seek support from clubs, with the Chelsea and Crystal Palace chairmen, Bruce Buck and Steve Parish, already backing it
In an open letter to launch the code, the former Chelsea centreback said: “We must ensure that our boardrooms and leadership positions reflect the society that we live in and the people who play the game.
“Football, like in nearly every area of society, has black and minority ethnic people under-represented at all senior levels.”
The code is a significant attempt at fostering genuine change after Black Lives Matter protests highlighted the fight for equality. In his letter Elliott stated the campaign was a start but would become an “empty gesture” without action.
Driving force: Paul Elliott, chairman of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, set up the code