The Durham County Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout all levels of the game we are responsible for. Football belongs to everyone who wishes to partake, and should be enjoyable, open and safe.

The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated equal, fairly and with respect and to ensure that the Durham County FA is accessible to all.

All participants should abide and adhere to this policy and to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

The Durham County FA is commitment is to promote inclusion to all and to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of age, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity and caring responsibility, as well as to encourage and promote equal opportunities.

This policy is fully supported by the Board of the Durham County FA and the Company Secretary is responsible for its implementation.

The Durham County FA is also committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.

The Durham County FA will NOT tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of a participant, which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable are regarded as discrimination, whether physical or verbal. Such incidents can be reported to the Durham County FA, the FA helpline and/or through Kick it Out. The Durham County FA will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with the appropriate action in line with laid down procedures.

The Durham County FA commits its self to fully investigate any allegation, when it is brought to our attention, and will impose the appropriate sanction where proven.

The Durham County FA is committed to inclusion and anti-discrimination and to raising awareness and educating where required, investigating concerns and applying relevant and proportionate sanctions, campaigning, achieving independently verified equality standards, widening diversity and representation and promoting diverse role models.

These are the key actions to promote inclusion and eradicate discrimination within football.

Board of Directors of Durham County FA Limited.

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