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TERRIERS TOGETHER

We have a zero-tolerance approach towards discriminatory language and behaviour. We actively promote equality and celebrate diversity as demonstrated through our work towards achieving the to Premier League Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Standard, and our support of a range of campaigns including: Level Playing Field; Rainbow Laces; Football vs Homophobia; Kick it Out, and our own ‘One Club and One Community Against Hate Crime’ Campaign.

Huddersfield Town Football Club plays an integral role within the local community. We are proud of our reputation of creating and developing community cohesion throughout the town and the wider locality. Football itself plays a unique role in bringing people together from a wide range of different communities, and can provide opportunities for all sections of the community to engage with the Club and participate in the community programmes provided by our charity, Huddersfield Town Foundation.

We wholeheartedly advocate that everyone, regardless of background and any protected characteristic is welcome at the Club, and we expect all stakeholders to behave towards others in a manner consistent with the principles of respect, tolerance and fairness.

 

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If you hear anything at Town matches that makes you feel uncomfortable or you believe qualifies as abusive behaviour, you can contact our report line. You can text the number giving a brief description of what you’ve heard or seen and the stand, row, and seat number where possible.

Let’s kick discrimination out of football – together.

Match day incident supporting number: 0774 1528 949

Email: supporterservices@htafc.com

Kick It Out: 0800 1699 414

Email: info@kickitout.org

You can also report discrimination to Kick It Out via their app or via the online reporting form on their website.

Keep up to date with the organisation’s work at the following:

Twitter: @kickitout and @kickitoutreport

Facebook: @kickitoutofficial

Instagram: @kickitout

Website: www.kickitout.org

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You can find our Hate Crime Policy by CLICKING HERE.

Our internal Equality and Safeguarding Working Group is made up of employees at all levels of Huddersfield Town Football Club and the Huddersfield Town Foundation, whose role it is to ensure that all our policies and practices are both inclusive and accessible.

The Club’s Equality Lead is Zoe Shackleton, HR Manager. The Board Equality Lead is Ann Hough, Operations Director.

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Gina Buckley - Senior Ticket Office Manager

  Joe Scargill, Premier - League Kicks Manager
  Kristian Knight - Senior Education Manager

In 2019, the Club formed an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion External Advisory Group (EDI EAG) made up from members of the public who reside in our diverse communities and who act as a ‘critical friend’.  The EDI EAG forum provides an opportunity to engage with our independent advisors,  and to consult and discuss the impact of Town’s equality work across the local communities surrounding the Football Club and Foundation.

Our ‘Terriers Together’ Equality Action Plan encompasses the key objectives and associated actions on which we will focus over the next ten years. In determining our priority areas, we have taken account of the equality monitoring data that we collect annually from a broad range of stakeholder groups, which has helped us to identify where we have areas of under-representation in comparison with the demographics of the borough of Kirklees. In addition, we have also focused on how we want to continue to develop our organisational culture and relationships with supporters and other stakeholders. We believe that taking a ten-year approach to our equality, diversity and inclusion aims will give us the best chance of success. 

While not an exhaustive list, some of our priority actions are:

  • To reduce the representation gaps within our workforce, specifically in relation to females, disabled people, and people from black and minority ethnic groups.  It is our aim to increase representation in each of these groups by 1% per year, for the next ten years.
  • To reduce the representation gaps within our supporter base, also in relation to females, disabled people, and people from black and minority ethnic groups, and with a target of 1% increases in each group per year, for the next ten years.
  • To become a Disability Confident Leader by April 2021.
  • To introduce an Accessibility Card to complement the Terriers Together wristband scheme for supporters with visible or hidden disabilities.
  • To support and promote a range of national and international campaigns that celebrate diversity, including International Women’s Day, LGBT History Month, the International Day of People with Disabilities, Mental Health Awareness Week, Black History Month etc.
  • To support and work towards fulfilling the principles of the Football Leadership Diversity Code.
  • To continue to work towards the Premier League Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Standard (PLEDIS) and to achieve the Advanced Level by 2023.
  • To deliver a rolling programme of equality-related training to staff at all levels.
  • To develop a menopause policy and work towards becoming a ‘Breastfeeding Welcome’ venue.
  • To ensure equality considerations and standards are embedded into commercial partnership agreements.

You can find our Equality Achievements Report for the 2020/21 season by CLICKING HERE.

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Harry Toffolo

A firm Town fan favourite, left-back Harry Toffolo joined the Club from Lincoln City in January 2020. Having come through the ranks at Norwich City - where he also made appearances for the England U18, U19 and U20 sides - he was briefly at Millwall before establishing himself with the Imps. Commenting on his role as Terriers Together Ambassador, 'Toffs' said:

"Being the Terriers Together Ambassador is a role that I was passionate to make my own. One of the many wonderful things about our Club is the work we do within the local community, the relationship we seek to have with our supporters and how, away from the pitch, we still want to be as big a source of hope and joy as we try to be on it. I am only too aware of how privileged I am to be a footballer for Huddersfield Town, and see any support I can provide within our local area as an extension of my role and responsibilities. The time I give to supporters away from the field is for them, and I’m proud to support the countless worthwhile causes and campaigns that our Club champions."

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Brodie Spencer

Huddersfield Town B Team right back Brodie Spencer signed for the Club in 2020, quickly progressing through the ranks and graduating to B Team level straight from our U17s side. A youth international for Northern Ireland, he previously played at Cliftonville before making the move to West Yorkshire. Commenting on his role as Terriers Together Ambassador, Brodie said:

“I wanted to be a Terriers Together Ambassador to get a connection with the fans and the local community. I think that’s very important as a football player, as important as the on-field stuff. It means a lot to me to give back to the local community and get out and meet different people. The Club have always made it clear to us how much the fans mean to them. Without them, I know that a lot of what goes on within the Academy wouldn’t be possible, so they’re incredibly important to me. I’ve been fortunate not to face any discrimination personally, but I’ve had teammates who have, which makes becoming an Ambassador even more important to me. The last thing I would want would be for someone to come to a game and feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. No one should feel like that. Huddersfield Town is a family, we’re all about being together.”

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Pat Jones

Having already made his debut for the Huddersfield Town First Team, there are high hopes for Welsh winger Pat Jones. Signed from Wrexham in 2019, the lightening quick wide man worked his way up through non-league football in his home country en route to joining Town, having also been capped at youth level for Wales. Speaking about why he volunteered to become a Terrier Together Ambassador, Jones said:

“I wanted to become a Terriers Together Ambassador as I think it’s really important for me to show my appreciation of our fans and local community away from my duties as a player. Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch, it’s more than just a game – it’s a lot of people’s main focus in life. It’s a very diverse sport and it should be something that’s enjoyed by everyone with no sort of discrimination. That’s the beauty of football - people from all sorts of background, no matter what you look like or what your race or religion is – you can enjoy 90 minutes of football because it brings people together. As players, I don’t think we always understand that we’re in a privileged position and that people look up to us - you walk into a school, and you see loads of children and that could inspire one of them to take up football, and then you’ve had a difference on someone’s life. I really feel like I can make a difference within our community, and so becoming an Ambassador is very important to me.”

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The ‘Terriers Together’ Inclusion Room is a safe space in which different groups of supporters can attend our home fixtures and feel confident that their individual needs will be catered for.

We recognise that not all supporters are able to attend matches if they have no alternative but to sit in the main stands. The Inclusion Room enables our valued supporters to watch a match from inside, with the option of moving to the outdoor seating if this is preferred.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the space.

Huddersfield Town's Women’s Network comprises a diverse group of people who will undertake research to gain insights into female experiences in football, and who will implement changes to increase female representation, inclusion, and engagement at and around the game.

Members of the Women’s Network will lead the way in opening up dialogue with supporters, staff, and other stakeholders of all genders and from all backgrounds to champion, enhance, and celebrate female experiences with the Club, whether in employment, as an outreach programme participant, as players or supporters, and at both home and away fixtures, for everyone’s benefit.

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To find out more, or to express your interest in becoming part of the Women's Network, please CLICK HERE.

We work alongside the following supporter groups on our equality actions and objectives.

Huddersfield Town Supporters Association

HTSA is an independent and democratic trust that seeks to represent the interests of Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Town Women supporters. HTSA provide supporters with a line of communication to the Club and football governing bodies and lobby on supporter’s behalf. They also represent supporters’ interests in the wider community and are involved in a variety of equality related initiatives such as Women at the Game and On the Ball.  

Email: contact@htsa-web.com  

Website: www.htsa-web.com  

Twitter: @officialhtsa  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HuddersfieldTownSupportersAssociation  

Instagram: www.instagram.com/insta_htsa/  

 

Huddersfield Town Disabled Supporters Club (HTDSC) 

HTDSC are an enthusiastic, fun and friendly group of disabled Huddersfield Town supporters who liaise with other disabled fans both home and away to provide feedback and work with the Club to promote an inclusive match day experience. For more details on the work they do and their meetings please click here Huddersfield Town - DISABLED SUPPORTERS (htafc.com) 

Email: dave.heatherill14@gmail.com  

Telephone: 07934 458650

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HTDSC  

 

Proud Terriers  

The Proud Terriers are the official LGBT fan group of Huddersfield Town. Their mission is to create a culture of inclusion in football and foster the development of a more accepting atmosphere throughout the ground and community. They work with the Club and Foundation on many initiatives to raise awareness and promote the inclusion of LGBT people. 

Email: proudterriers08@gmail.com  

Website: Proud Terriers – Huddersfield Town's Official LGBT fan group (wordpress.com) 

Twitter: @ProudTerriers  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ProudTerriers  

Instagram: www.instagram.com/proudterriers/  

The Huddersfield Town Foundation team deliver a wide range of inclusive programmes covering sport, education, and other themes. For further details please visit www.htafcfoundation.com.

Our Equality Working Group has developed a glossary of terms to encourage understanding of ‘Terriers Together’ related terminology across the Club and Foundation, and we encourage feedback to ensure its continual improvement. Click HERE to view.

Developing diversity in Kirklees together.

The Diversity = Innovation Network is a group of employers and businesses in the Kirklees district that is focused on reaping the opportunities of the diversity advantage in the labour market and enterprise. Joining our network is a great way to share best practice, network and build up a knowledge base of EDI initiatives and training opportunities.

CLICK HERE to find out more!

Huddersfield Town are pleased to have signed the Muslim Athlete Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to equality and diversity for all.

Created by Nujum Sports, the pledge is a commitment to further recognise Muslim needs in the sport, as well as the Club, in order to help address them.

Click HERE for more information on the Muslim Athlete Pledge!

Huddersfield Town are proud to be working towards being a Menopause Friendly Employer, an accreditation through which we demonstrate our understanding of the effects that menopause can have in the workplace, raise awareness, and put support in place for those who need it.

We have a comprehensive Menopause Policy, covering roles and responsibilities, and the range of possible adjustments we may make for anyone experiencing menopausal symptoms.

We are committed to catering for all our employees’ health and wellbeing needs, and by working in partnership with Henpicked on the Menopause Friendly scheme, we have put in practical ways to support our colleagues, and we have provided mandatory Menopause Awareness training for all our staff. Feedback on this important work has been well-received:

"I am proud to work for a company that is at the forefront of best-practice in relation to the menopause. In my experience, so many people shy away from talking about the menopause, which can make it difficult to access help and support. In our culture, everyone is committed to reducing and removing stigma and encouraging discussion on topics that might still be considered taboo. I know I can speak to any of my colleagues and my line manager if I need help to manage my symptoms, whether that is by having the flexibility to work from home, to amend my working hours, or attend medical appointments. I can be honest about my needs without fear of any negative repercussions. I think it’s brilliant that Huddersfield Town is the first football club to be working towards Menopause Friendly Employer status."

"I found the Menopause awareness training very detailed and in depth. It was very beneficial as it allowed me to be much more aware of how colleagues may be feeling when going through this stage in life. I would recommend this course to others as it would benefit them both in the working day and in day to day life."

Increasing female representation and being inclusive of people of all genders in the Club are part of our fundamental equality aims under our ‘Terriers Together’ ethos, and we look forward to continuing our work in this area.

For more information on the Menopause Friendly scheme, please CLICK HERE.

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