Accrington Stanley rewarded for off-the-field progress

By Scott Dawson Advertising

26 Jun 2024

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Accrington Stanley have achieved Bronze in the EFL’s Quality Code of Practice for their ongoing work and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Initially launched in 2012, the Equality Code of Practice was revamped to become a multi-level accreditation scheme at the start of 2022/23 - with 46 of the 72 EFL clubs achieving at least Bronze by the end of 2023/24.

Stanley have been rewarded for their commitment to the Equality scheme, which has given the club a better platform to invite all members of the local community to be part of the Accrington Stanley family.

Stanley's managing director, David Burgess, said: "We are delighted to have achieved Bronze in the EFL's Equality Code of Practice.

"Led by our EDI officer, Robert Houseman, along with other members of the working group, the club has made huge steps forward over the past few years to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the football club, either as an employed member of staff, part of our volunteer sectors, or as a supporter of the club on matchday.

"Obviously, our next step is to push for Silver in the EFL's Code of Practice."

EFL director of equality, diversity and inclusion, David McArdle, added: "Our 72 clubs represent communities of people from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds.

"The EFL's Code of Practice is the foundation on which our work on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion is built, providing clubs with a clear framework and setting out exactly what they need to put in place to ensure the club is reflective of the community at all levels.

"The progress being made is very encouraging and the EFL will continue to support and empower all clubs to make a positive impact on their communities at all levels."

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