Equal Opportunities

Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunities Policy: Enfield Town FC Community Sports Development Ltd (the company)

The company is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the company at every level. Sport belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.

Equality of opportunity at the company means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.

This includes:

• The advertisement for volunteers.

• The selection of candidates for volunteers.

• Courses.

• External coaching and education activities and awards.

• Football development activities.

• Selection for teams.

• Appointments to honorary positions.

The company will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

The company is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation and in the wider context, within football as a whole.

Equal Opportunities Policy

1. General

The company is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality. All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Specifically, discrimination is prohibited in:

• Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientated or disability less favourably than others.

• Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which are different to the requirements for others.

• Imposing on an individual, requirements which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include applying a condition (which is not warranted by the requirements of the position) which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.

• Victimisation of an individual.

• Harassment of an individual (which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable thereto is regarded as discrimination).

• Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in

all the Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters etc. – in other words all instances where those in control of members are required to make judgements between them – it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible.

The company commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination.

Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the company’s policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure.

The company commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members, the difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given, wherever possible to ensure that disabled members are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such members who request it.

Complaints Procedure

In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way or that the company Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have been broken should follow the procedures below.

1. They should report the matter to the company Secretary or another member of the Committee.

Your report should include:

  1. Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place.
  1. Any witness statement and names.
  1. Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.
  1. Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to whom made.
  1. A preference for a solution to the incident.

2. The company’s disciplinary Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.

3. The company’s disciplinary Committee will have the power to:

  1. Warn as to future conduct;
  1. Suspend from membership;
  1. Remove from membership; any person found to have broken the company’s Policies or Codes of Conduct.

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