Town to sign up to the FA’s new Code
- Town support the Football Association’s Football Leadership Diversity Code
- Code aims to tackle racial inequality in the English game
- Comments from Huddersfield Town’s Chief Executive, Mark Devlin
Huddersfield Town are proud to back the Football Association’s new Football Leadership Diversity Code, as part of our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
We will join over 40 clubs across the Premier League, English Football League, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship in signing up to this new initiative.
The Code has been devised to ensure that football in England tackles racial inequality and will increase accountability and transparency.
The voluntary code focuses on increasing equality of opportunity with recruitment targets for coaching and leadership positions, developing talent and principles for overall recruitment.
The targets are designed to ensure that football clubs reflect both the professional playing side and the local community’s diversity and have significant flexibility that allows clubs to incorporate them into their individual journeys.
Although clubs can devise their own targets, some of the FA’s targets include:
- 15% of new executive appointments with be from a BAME background, with 30% female
- 25% of new coaching appointments will be BAME and 10% of senior coaching appointments
- Interview shortlists will have at least one male and one female BAME candidate, provided applicants meeting the job specifications apply
Huddersfield Town’s Chief Executive, Mark Devlin, said:
“As a Club, we are wholly supportive of the FA’s Football Leadership Diversity Code.
“It reflects our own ambitions and commitment here at Town. One of our strategic aims is to make both the Club and our wider football community as inclusive as possible.
“We’ve already achieved the Premier League’s Preliminary Level Equality Standard, and we have our Terriers Together brand, so getting on board was a very easy decision for the Club to make.”