Football Association Wales join programme to promote gay equality

Football Association Wales are the latest Welsh sporting organisation join Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which promotes and develops good practice for employers. The programme – run by the gay equality charity – promotes a good working environment for all existing and potential employees and commits members to ensuring equal treatment for those who are lesbian, gay and bisexual.

The FAW join Sport Wales on the programme, which now engages with over 5.5 million employees from 600 organisations, including 300,000 people working for the 100 Diversity Champions with staff in Wales.

“At the Football Association of Wales, we seek to promote an environment in which all individuals, regardless of background, are offered a level platform on which to fulfil potential” says Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales.

“Through a positive strategy of education, we are confident of continued progress. As such, we are delighted to be part of the Diversity Champions programme and look forward to working with Stonewall Cymru in actively encouraging equal opportunities for all lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals associated with Football in Wales.”

Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru said: 'By joining the Diversity Champions programme the Football Association of Wales have recognised that people perform better when they can be themselves. Our members are forward thinking 21st century employers who want to recruit, recognise, and support the very best staff regardless of background.

‘Our research has shown that homophobia is a real issue in football. This is a great step forward and signals the kind of leadership we hope to see more of in Welsh sport.  We look forward to working with the FAW on tackling homophobia and making the ‘great game’ one that celebrates diversity of its fans and players’

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