Bees recognised by EFL for commitment to inclusivity
Brentford Football Club are delighted to have been awarded the EFL Code of Practice in recognition of the club’s success in providing an environment that is inclusive for all employees and supporters alike.
First piloted in the 2014/15 season, the EFL’s Code of Practice represents a nationwide commitment by football clubs to improve equality and inclusion across all areas of the game. In just two years since its introduction, 30 EFL clubs, including Brentford, passed the nationally recognised assessment.
The EFL works closely with clubs to ensure that all spectators attending games at insert stadium name can enjoy their match day experience in a safe and friendly environment and clubs across all three EFL divisions have been working hard to set high standards for equality in professional football.
Clubs are evaluated across all areas of a football club, including match day operations, general operations, community trust, youth development, attending match day fans and the first team. Each club successfully passed an independent assessment across 12 different areas of operation, ensuring good practice extends to all employees, spectators and other people engaged with the club.
The EFL Code of Practice was devised as part of the game’s commitment to the English Football Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan. It helps clubs to position themselves at the heart of each community by embedding the fundamental principles of inclusion and equality throughout the whole of the business, setting accountability at the highest level.
Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “Our target has always been to run a successful Football Club that is a strong part of the community. “The Code of Practice supports us as a Club by ensuring we are best placed to provide the best possible environment for all our fans, employees and volunteers. I am pleased that Brentford has been recognised in this way and I am confident we continue to ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend live football and fully enjoy the match day experiences.
“We are aware that our part of London is an area that is diverse in many different ways. Our fans are drawn from all sectors of that community and so are our staff. We are proud that Griffin Park is a place that fans and staff can feel safe from any sort of discrimination but we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to play our role in driving prejudice out of football.”
Shaun Harvey, EFL CEO, added: “It’s important that clubs recognise and understand equality and inclusion and implement the right practices to ensure that the game in this country continues to be a game for all. The EFL Code of Practice supports clubs by ensuring their policies and procedures are up to date and fully compliant and I am delighted to see so many of our clubs making real tangible progress in these areas.
“We will continue to raise awareness of the measures that can be taken and I am hopeful more and more football clubs will go through this process.”