Cambridge City take lead with equality and diversity appointment
Cambridge City have appointed an equality and diversity lead.
The Lilywhites wanted to declare their support for the Equality in Football Leadership code, following an open letter from Paul Elliott, the chairman of the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, and the Black Lives Matter campaign.
The letter talked about the progress made in English football in the past 30 years, but identified key areas requiring improvements including inequality and the need for football to lead the way.
City have long supported the Kick It Out campaign, but are keen to do more to support BAME players, coaches and supporters by using their status to educate and eliminate racism.
Roger de Ste Croix has been appointed City’s equality and diversity lead, having previously managed equality and diversity work for Hertfordshire County Council.
“At Cambridge City we want to create an inclusive environment for people involved in football, be that as players, supporters, coaches or officials,” said de Ste Croix, who is also also on City’s board.
“Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment or abuse.”
City coach Neil Midgley added, “In my 25 years in the game I have seen a slow but positive change in equality, but there is still a long way to go. I am delighted that Cambridge City are actively supporting the Equality in Football Leadership Code.”