Wycombe Wanderers have issued a new Equality, Diversity & Inclusion statement, as part of its ongoing programme of improving and strengthening relationships with the community in which it operates.
The statement reads as follows:
The Board of Wycombe Wanderers is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion amongst all staff within the Club, thus seeking to eliminate all forms of unlawful discrimination, thereby ensuring a safe and inclusive working environment.
The Club will not tolerate any form of discrimination as identified in the Equality Act 2010 under the nine protected characteristics of age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, maternity and paternity leave. Furthermore, behaviour which is deemed as bullying or harassment will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in the same way as discrimination.
The aim is for the Club’s staff to be as representative of as many sections of society as possible, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give of their best.
In providing services and facilities, the Club is committed to the avoidance of unlawful discrimination not only of its staff, but also of fans and the wider public.
With the Board’s backing, a Working Group has been formed to address the EFL’s Code of Practice. Central to satisfying the EFL’s criteria has been the issuing of an Equality Survey to all staff and stewards. Whilst reflecting national and local demographics in most criteria, the survey clearly demonstrated that the Club is not as representative of the local ethnic community as it could be.
One of the Club’s aims therefore is to improve and strengthen relationships with the community in which it operates. Additionally, an online Equality Training course has been launched for all staff which will be supported by face-to-face equality training including mental health and wellbeing awareness.
The Club, in conjunction with the Wycombe Wanderers Trust, has already formed a Disabled Supporters Association whose aim is to ensure that supporters with disability, in common with all visitors to Adams Park, have the opportunity to enjoy the Stadium and its facilities.
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club is committed to making football accessible to all.
Our commitment includes:
- assigning responsibility at the highest level for equality within the Club
- developing and implementing an equality policy
- monitoring our staff, board, coaches, stewards and fans for diversity
This will be accomplished by upholding the principles of equality in all aspects of our work.