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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality of opportunity is a basic human right and Durham FA actively opposes all forms of discrimination. 

Durham County FA recognises that individuals and communities may experience unlawful discrimination on the grounds of their sex, age, disability, ethnicity (including nationality and race), gender-reassignment, sexual orientation, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership status (from Equality Act 2010). Individuals, families and communities may also encounter socio-economic challeneges which can affect participation.

We celebrate diversity within society and across our region and will continue to work to promote and reflect that diversity within Durham County FA structures and activities is at the forefront. 

Durham County FA Board, Staff and members are committed to increasing opportunity for all and increasing the involvement of all diverse communities, at all levels of grassroots football, by taking positive steps to address any barriers. It is essential for equality and inclusion to be reflected with our project planning, organisation and delivery to provide opportunities and increase participation. 

We will continue to challenge discrimination of all kinds across grassroots football to make the game ‘For All’. Every participant has the right to play the game with confidence and without prejudice, regardless of ability and background.  

Durham County FA will investigate all reports of discriminatory language and/or behaviour across our football community. If you wish to make a complaint with regard to discrimination contact in the first instance;

Equality and Inclusion is an integral part of the work we do at Durham County FA which is, in part, demonstrated by our active Inclusion and Advisory Group (IAG) which has first came into being at the end of 2016.

broad based Inclusion Action Plan is being developed through 2021 aimed at bringing together the existing work strands of our IAG; to promote our broad equality agenda which will link to the FA’s four strategic goals of Growth and Retention, Better Players, Running the Game and Raising Standards.


Get in touch

 Michael Bell 1

Michael Bell
Designated Safeguarding Officer

Richard Hughes 

Richard Hughes
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Officer (Part Time)

T: 0191 3872928 (Option 1 then Option 1)