Race Equality

Race Equality

Race Equality

Football For Everyone

Access to football - and progress within it - is available to people from every ethnic group.

We want to ensure people are aware that people from different ethnic backgrounds know how and where to get into football remains on ongoing priority. Rightly, this priority falls to The Football Association, as the game’s governing body in this country.

However, our work to break down barriers is not aimed at players – it is equally directed at potential referees, administrators, coaches, volunteers and spectators.

Ultimately all our race equality work is focused on one ethos: using the positive power of football to create equal opportunities – for everyone and anyone – to enjoy the world’s greatest game.

Our continued aim is to eradicate racism in football by ensuring no barriers exist to anyone enjoying our national game – whatever their ethnic background.

Kick It Out        

For 20 years, Kick It Out has contributed to making football a safer, more enjoyable and less intimidating place for those from under-represented communities wishing to participate in the game in whatever capacity, at whatever level.

The traditional weeks of action campaign in October will this year be replaced with a special ‘season of action’, which commences at the beginning of the 2013/14 season and conclude the following May. You can download the current fixture list from the resources section below.

To view the Kick It Out website, please visit http://www.kickitout.org/

COACH Programme

COACH, English football’s programme promoting coaching as a career for the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community (BAME), is providing a second year of bursary funding to address under-representation at the higher levels of the coaching profession.

The programme, launched in 2011, last year supported 46 coaches in their coaching journey to attain higher level coaching qualifications and gain valuable insight observing more experienced coaches in professional football environments.

To find out more and read about the success stories of two beneficiaries Kenny Ricklesford and Helen Nkwocha, please click here.

Sporting Equals

Sporting Equals exists to actively promote greater involvement by all communities that are disengaged especially the black and minority ethnic population in sport and physical activity. They work closely with The FA and the users of sporting opportunities (community and faith groups, local clubs, charities and individuals) to help drive and fund national and regional programmes.They also have strong links with NHS agencies and other organisations addressing health inequalities in society.Their mission is to make a sustainable difference to the inclusion of all under-represented communities in sport and physical activity, so as to improve the long-term opportunities and health outcomes of those communities.


Show Racism the Red Card - Anti-Racism education pack

An anti-racism education pack produced by Show Racism the Red Card which aims to familiarise young people with the causes and consequences of racism as well as helping them to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people, regardless of ethnicity.

Red Card Pack

Professional Player Interviews (films)

A selection of video interviews conducted by Show Racism the Red Card with Professional footballers on the issue of racism in football.


Pioneers Day

In October 2013, the London FA invited 150 local students, in line with The FA’s 150th birthday celebrations, to take part in Pioneers Day. The event, coordinated by London FA’s Inclusion Officer Darren Smith, aimed to give a diverse group of young people a taste of the various careers in football beyond becoming a player. The students took part in six different workshops including coaching, working with teams, disability football, promoting the game, refereeing and TV and radio interviewing.  

Pioneers Day supports The FA's National Game Strategy by increasing football opportunities to women and minority groups and by raising their awareness of the pathways that are available. The initiative also supports English Football's Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Plan 2012-17 by introducing and encouraging young BAME people to become qualified coaches and referees. The day was also supported by Kick It Out, The BBC and other key individuals from across the game.