Plymouth Argyle make 'easy decision' to sign our Football Leadership Diversity Code

In an effort to drive diversity and inclusion across English football, we launched our new Football Leadership Diversity Code in October 2020. Over 40 clubs have already signed the Code, including League One outfit Plymouth Argyle Football Club, who pride themselves on being an equal opportunities employer…

Monday 23 Nov 2020
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Plymouth Argyle Football Club is committed to treat everyone fairly and with respect and to provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in.

Working with the EFL, we already champion and encourage behavioural changes through the Code of Practice as well as challenge attitudes at all levels of football through campaigns such as “Not Today or Any Day.”

We also work closely with Kick it Out and the hate crime unit of Devon and Cornwall Police to encourage inclusivity and tackle discrimination directly, including activity on social media. 

As an equal opportunities employer, we aim to ensure that all employment decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria, and that staff feel valued and able to work towards achieving their full potential.

By creating a diverse and equal workplace we can draw on a wide range of ideas from a workforce full of different skills, experiences and talent, which can only strengthen us as a club.

So signing up to the Football Leadership Diversity Code is part of our on-going commitment to improve opportunities for all, but especially those who are underrepresented in the sport.

We believe in making our club a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds to come and enjoy their football, while by adopting a zero tolerance to any form of discrimination we will be able to improve opportunities for those who may not have considered a career at the club.

Being part of the Code is an easy decision as the principles align with our own and anything we can do to strengthen our efforts to make football a more diverse and equal place is something we fully support.

With The FA leading this initiative, it means that each club's efforts can be unified into a single approach, making the objective more achievable. 

Attitudes for opportunities will be more universal across all levels of football with the Football Leadership Diversity Code in place.

The authorities are a conduit for change by having a firm and public commitment, but change will only happen if those further down the tree drive the change and are supported by those at the top.

And we echo the belief of wanting meaningful change and greater equality throughout football.

Find more information on how to sign up to the Football Leadership Diversity Code, and further detail on its principles, pledges and definitions.

By FA Staff