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Equality Policy

22 May 2017

Club's commitment to equality for all.

Football is for everyone; it belongs to, and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it, whether as a player, official, staff member or spectator. 

The English Football League (EFL) is responsible for setting the standards, values and expectations of all Clubs in relation to equality, inclusion and diversity.

The aim of the Colchester United FC Equality Policy is to promote our own equality objectives and in doing so, help to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

All Colchester United FC representatives should abide and adhere to this Policy and to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. In doing so, we are working towards being legally compliant in relation to equality legislation.

Colchester United FC's commitment is to promote inclusion and to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership race, nationality, ethnicity (race), religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity and to encourage equal opportunities. These are known as 'protected characteristics' under the Equality Act 2010.

This Policy is fully supported by the Board of Colchester United FC and General Manager, Tim Waddington, is responsible for the implementation of this policy. 

Colchester United FC will ensure that it treats everyone fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities.

Every staff member, Board member, official, spectator, fan and visiting teams an be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to work and watch football in an environment without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment or abuse.

Complaints and compliance
Colchester United FC regards all of the forms of discriminatory behaviour as unacceptable, and is concerned to ensure that individuals feel able to raise any bona fide grievance or complaint related to such behaviour without fear of being penalised for doing so.

Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any employee, member or volunteer, spectator or fan who is found, after a full investigation, to have violated the Equality Policy.

Positive Action and Training
This Equality Policy will be reviewed and updated, if required, on an annual basis.

Colchester United FC will commit to a programme of raising awareness and educating, investigating concerns and applying relevant and proportionate sanctions, campaigning, widening diversity and representation and promoting diverse role models, which we believe are all key actions to promote inclusion and eradicate discrimination within football.

Colchester United FC is committed to equality inclusion and anti-discrimination as part of The EFL's Code of Practice.  


Signed –Tim Waddington, General Manager

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