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 Premier League Equality 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.
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
Kick It Out: 0800 1699 414
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:
Our internal Equality 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.
|Ann Hough - Operations Director|
|David Threlfall-Sykes - Marketing and Communications Director|
|Mark Devlin - Chief Executive|
|Zoe Shackleton - HR Manager|
|Robyn Kennerdale - Supporter Services Manager|
|Siobhan Atkinson - Town Foundation Chief Executive Officer|
|Maureen Quinn - Town Foundation's Head of NCS and Health|
|Karen Jagger - Academy Secretary|
|Chris Taylor-Hedley - Town Foundation NCS Manager|
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.
Tommy joined the Terriers in June 2019, from Aston Villa, having originally started his football career with the Brighton and Hove Albion Academy, progressing through their ranks to eventually be named their Captain. Having made 400 career appearances and having a wealth of experience both on and off the pitch, Tommy was an obvious choice to take the role of our Terriers Together Ambassador.
Tommy has spoken previously about his experiences with regards to equality, diversity and inclusion at his previous Clubs, in particularly his experiences at Brighton and Hove Albion and Bournemouth. Although Tommy believes that football has made great strides within this area, he believes that the more we educate people, the more we speak about diversity, the better.
During his time as the Terriers Together Ambassador, Tommy has contributed to our match day programme, attended a meeting of ‘Waves’ which is a day centre offering young people and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities significant opportunities to improve their quality of life. In addition, Tommy also did a meet and greet with guests from Kirkwood Hospice at our Terriers Together match last season, and more recently at our match versus Nottingham Forest in December 2020, met with participants of the Foundations NCS Programme at their Graduation, along with other members of the First Team.
Mustapha joined Huddersfield Town Academy on a Scholarship at U17 level, having played for XYZ Academy and Kent Football United. Having impressed during his Scholarship, Mustapha signed his first Professional contract with the Club in August 2019. Mustapha is eligible to play Internationally for both England and Nigeria.
Mustapha was asked to take on the role of the Terriers Together Ambassador for the Academy in August 2020. As with all Academy Players, Mustapha has taken part in the Terriers Together training, which the Club facilitates. As part of their learning, the Scholars complete Life Skills Training and take part in many seminars and workshops such as Ramadan Awareness, and more recently a workshop on the Muslim faith and understanding Islam. As part of his role as an Ambassador, Mustapha contributed to the Club’s Premier League Equality Standard Intermediate Level presentation. Mustapha’s further involvement has been limited due to the current Covid pandemic. However, it is hoped that going forward, when the time is right, that he will take on further responsibilities and support Tommy by promoting the Clubs ethos and values around equality, diversity and inclusion for all.
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.
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)
Telephone: 07934 458650
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.
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.
Terriers Together News
TOWN PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR KICK IT OUT’S #TAKEASTAND CAMPAIGN2 April 2021
Huddersfield Town’s match against Brentford supports Kick It Out
SONGMI KIM ENJOYING HER ROLE IN TOWN’S ACADEMY8 March 2021
Songmi Kim moved from South Korea to England to pursue a career in football
A HISTORY OF UNSUNG HEROINES AT TOWN8 March 2021
Look back at some influential female figures in Town’s history