Match will shine spotlight on Club’s ongoing work within Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
- Terriers Together dedicated fixture vs Peterborough
- ‘Terriers Together’ encompasses the Club’s EDI Initiatives
- In conjunction with EFL’s Women’s Weekend
As part of the Club’s ongoing commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, our next home game against Peterborough United on Friday 4 March will be dedicated to ‘Terriers Together’, raising awareness of the extensive work being done to develop an inclusive culture and environment.
‘Terriers Together’ is the umbrella term that encapsulates the dedication to inclusion and the Premier League Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Standard within Huddersfield Town.
A key feature of the Terriers Together annual programme of events is the dedicated themed match, which will fall on Friday 4 March this season. We will aim to make our supporters aware of the ongoing work that is being done to welcome and integrate everyone into the Town family, with a focus on female inclusion at football given the proximity to International Women’s Day.
Falling in line with the EFL’s Women’s Weekend and as an extension of our longstanding commitment to the Women at the Game initiative and partnership with ‘Her Game Too’, there will be a number of extra activities taking place to mark the occasion. Intended to encourage higher female attendance at football, the EFL’s Women’s Weekend will also recognise the barriers present that may stop women from coming to matches.
Speaking about the match, Operations Director and Board Equality Lead Ann Hough commented:
“Female inclusion is a matter that’s close to our heart at Town, and something we’ve made real strides to improve as a Club.
“We are fully supportive of the EFL launching their Women’s Weekend initiative, as this aligns with our own priorities relating to female inclusion in football.
“Huddersfield Town is open to and welcoming to all supporters, and these occasions allow us to further that pursuit and continue our work in making our Club feel home to whoever wishes it to be.
“The principles of inclusion and community engagement make Town the Club it is and highlight what Terrier Spirit and Terriers Together are all about.”
As well as the First Team warming up in special Terriers Together t-shirts, our Guard of Honour will be formed by a junior side from HTAFC Women, as well as local girl’s side Battyeford Belles.
Our free programme The Terrier will include a feature on the progression of the HTAFC Women’s team; the programme will be available around the John Smith’s Stadium.
Representatives of Ready Steady Active, a West Yorkshire based community group focused on sport and physical health for girls, will also be present at the match. Their focus on getting girls from a South Asian and Muslim background more involved with sport is an initiative that closely correlates with our own priorities, and we are keen to work with them and others to provide support and opportunities for involvement with the Club where possible.
Additionally, the Huddersfield Town Foundation have a partnership with Calderdale College that also reinforces these commitments to female inclusion and development, with a female focused BTEC that combines education with football. Based at the Inspire Centre, the course provides females in the 16 to 19 age groups the chance to undertake any two-year course whilst also competing in the EFL Community Education Football Alliance League, being trained by the Foundation’s Community Coaches and playing against other club charities, giving the participants an informal pathway to the HTAFC Women’s team.
As part of their Premier League Changemakers work, a female mentoring programme being piloted in a local secondary school, representatives of the Huddersfield Town Foundation will also be taking a group of participants to a summit at Villa Park on 8th March, International Women’s Day, with content to follow once the event has taken place.
Whether it’s your first Town game or you’ve lost count of how many you’ve been to, everybody is welcome at the John Smith’s Stadium. Join us on Friday 4 March at 7.45pm against Peterborough United by CLICKING HERE.