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Using the Power of Football to Engage Local Communities
At Hampshire FA, we aim to foster stronger connections with local communities throughout the county. We believe in using the power of football to build a better future for all communities within Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth. We want to use football as a platform to bring people together, celebrate diversity, and strengthen our community links.
Our community engagement officer is always seeking new opportunities to celebrate important cultural, religious, or community events with local groups. We’ve been able to provide a wide range of football activities at previous community events such as the Mela in Eastleigh, PlayFest in Aldershot, Love Where You Live event in Southampton, or the Adopt South Winter day in Winchester.
From informative sign-posting stands to soccercise activities specifically designed for women and girls, to small-sided football games catered to children, and entertaining keepy-uppy challenges, we have something for everyone. For further details or to explore collaboration opportunities, please reach out to Alienor Chartier, our dedicated Community Engagement & Inclusion Officer, at Alienor.Chartier@HampshireFA.com
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Celebrating Hampshire FA's Commitment to Equality and Inclusion
We are thrilled to announce that Hampshire FA has been awarded the Preliminary Level of the Equality Standard for Sports, a national recognition by Sport England and the FA.
The Equality Standard, launched in 2004 by the UK Sports Councils, aims to tackle inequalities in the sports sector. It provides a framework guiding sports organizations towards achieving equality.
Achieving the Preliminary Level means that:
- Hampshire FA is fully committed to promoting equality, ensuring this commitment reaches all our staff and volunteers.
- We have a clear understanding of the barriers faced by under-represented groups in sports and have developed a robust equality action plan. This plan is well understood and embraced by all staff, volunteers, and key stakeholders.
To demonstrate our suitability for this award, we had to review our recruitment policies, offer new training opportunities for staff members and volunteers, carry out a data audit of how representative the Hampshire FA community is compared to our county, and had to implement a new Equality Action Plan to imbed Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) across our workforce.
With the support of our Inclusion Advisory Group and key stakeholders, we submitted our application in March 2023 and successfully passed with flying colours in May 2023.
While there is still much work ahead, this achievement is a testament to Hampshire FA's commitment to EDI. We firmly believe that, with the support of our local communities, we can make football a truly inclusive, accessible, and welcoming environment for everyone in Hampshire.
We invite you to learn more about the Equality Standard
You can also download Hampshire FA's EDI strategy for the 2021-24 seasons below