Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Premier League Preliminary Level Equality Standard.
The Standard, which serves to recognise commitment to equality at the highest level, underlines the club’s continued dedication to tackling discrimination across all areas.
The award follows a thorough three-stage assessment earlier this year by an independent equality panel. That evaluation was based on the club’s culture and practices, as well as its work to improve the delivery of services encouraging people from all communities to participate in activities and projects.
In order to achieve the Preliminary Level, the club demonstrated the development of its equality policies and the implementation of equality action plans to deal with key issues such as community participation.
This represents the first level of achievement of the Premier League Equality Standard and the club is now fully focused on progressing to the Intermediate Level.
That process will see the club build more partnerships and schemes targeted at under-represented communities and individuals, in addition to regular reviews to equality action plans.
Gareth Rogers, Southampton Football Club’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “It is fantastic news that Southampton Football Club is now a Preliminary Level Equality Standard award club. It is further evidence of our continued commitment to promoting equality.
“This, however, is just the start of our equality and diversity journey. We want to build on this momentum and ensure we do everything we can to keep on developing equality at the club.”