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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Using football to build a better future for all

Celebrating inclusion and diversity for an equal, fair and accessible game where everyone can shine. 


The FA and County FA's are here to ensure that everyone who is involved in football has a great experience – regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, disability, faith, or age.

Both The FA and the County FA's are working to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the game.

We will all work together on our inclusion priorities over the coming years. These are underpinned by three commitments:

  • Lead the Change - By actively tackling discrimination on and off the pitch.
  • Be the Change - By building a diverse workforce from the inside out.
  • Inspire the Change - By promoting an inclusive and united game which is for all.

Find out more about these commitments in the FA's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2021-24: A Game For All

Get In Touch

Phone: 01604 345024
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

Email: Alienor.Chartier@HampshireFA.com

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A Game For All

The FA's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2021-24
Balls on Cones

Download the Hampshire FA Equality Policy

Equality Diversity & Inclusion Calendar

Download The England Footbal Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Calendar 2020-21

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Using the Power of Football to Engage Local Communities

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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

What is Discrimination?

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Hampshire FA is responsible 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. 

Following a review of the local Race / Equality Advisory Groups in August 2011, The FA National Game Board communicated an expectation that an Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) should be established in every County FA. 

The Hampshire FA IAG assists with guiding Hampshire FA in providing services that focus on engaging all its communities, which embed positive interventions to address any gaps in provision, employ effective processes to deal with complaints, and demonstrate diverse representation across its structures that reflect the local football population. 

As part of a county-wide approach to delivering Equality & Inclusion, the IAG has created a whole business Equality Action Plan. 

If you're interested in finding out more about the Hampshire FA Inclusion Advisory Group, please contact Alienor Chartier - Community Engagement & Inclusion Officer.

Learn more about the IAG

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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

Equality Standard for Sport

Equality Standard for Sport - Preliminary Level

You can also download Hampshire FA's EDI strategy for the 2021-24 seasons below

Hampshire FA Equality Action Plan 2021-24

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We, at Hampshire FA, look forward to encouraging continued progression towards diversity and inclusion across our national sport for the future.
- James Pearson, Hampshire FA Chairman, Black History Month 2021 Read More About Our Support of Black History Month 2021