We are delighted to announce the club has been presented with the Bronze award by the EFL for our ongoing work and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in line with the EFL Equality Code of Practice.
This award has come as a result of a variety of evidence submitted regarding the club’s structure including our colleagues, players, supporters and Community Foundation.
Speaking about the award our CEO, Sarah Barry said:
“I am extremely proud of all the team for their collective contribution towards our ED & I strategy which has resulted in the achievement of the EFL Bronze Standard Award. We value the award as recognition of this work so far, however, our primary objective is to genuinely improve our ED & I focus to positively benefit everyone associated with Harrogate Town. It’s a fantastic starting point from which we can build on together.”
EFL Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, David McArdle, said:
“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.
“We are really pleased to announce the first set of Clubs to receive their awards. 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 and the wider game.”
Initially launched in 2012, the EFL’s Equality Code of Practice was revamped to become a multi-level accreditation scheme at the start of the 2022/23 season, which will see every one of the 72 Clubs assessed on their EDI practices by the conclusion of the 2023/24 season.
Harrogate Town AFC remain committed to making sure that equality, diversion, inclusion, and health & wellbeing are central in everything we do, and with the help of our stakeholders we will continue to use our powerful voice to make this happen.