Suffolk FA Equality Policy

The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone taking part in football within Suffolk is treated fairly and with respect and that Suffolk FA is equally accessible to them all.

Suffolk FA is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout football at every level throughout the county and football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to participate in it. Suffolk FA’s commitment is to confront and challenge discrimination whether by reason of gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.

Suffolk FA, in all its activities, will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. Suffolk FA 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, its activities. Suffolk FA is also committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.

Suffolk FA will not 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. This includes sexual or racially-based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal. Suffolk FA will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs and is 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.

Suffolk FA is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation - Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as well as any amendments to these acts.

Suffolk FA commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims, when it is brought to their attention, of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice stop and sanctions imposed as appropriate.

If you have any queries in relation to equality please email or to report an instance of abuse or discrimination please call the FA Anti-Discrimination number on 0800 085050.

Suffolk FA welcomes your views. To give your feedback about equality or any other issue please email

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