Release Date: 15/06/2012
THE Equality Commission recently delivered Equality training for all managers in the Irish Football Association as part of the Irish FA’s Football For All campaign.
This training took place over two days at Windsor Avenue in Belfast (22 May and 14 June). The training included awareness raising of Equality legislation, responsibilities and some discussion around some recent case law.
Irish FA President, Jim Shaw, said: “Football For All, creating a fun, safe and inclusive culture throughout all levels of the game is central to the business of the Irish FA. We all have a responsibility to champion Football For All and regular training in this area helps us build on progress made promoting good relations.”
Irish FA Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson, added: “We are planning more Equality and Community Relations training for all staff later this year in October as part of UEFA’s Football Against Racism in Europe week and in support of UEFA’s Respect campaign. Furthermore, with support from SportNI, the Irish FA has signed up to complete the Foundation Level of the new UK Equality Standard in Sport over the next 12 months.”
SportNI in partnership with Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and UK Sport have developed a new UK Equality Standard in Sport as a vehicle for widening access and increasing the participation and involvement in sport and physical activity by under-represented individuals, groups and communities.
With support from the EU Peace III programme, Comic Relief, the Department for Social Development and UEFA, the Irish FA leads an innovative Football For All campaign using the universal power of football as a hook to promote good relations, supporting volunteer development, club community development and improving participation with marginalised groups across Northern Ireland.
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