Mansfield Town is delighted to have been awarded the EFL Code of Practice in recognition of the club’s success in providing an environment that is inclusive for all employees, supporters and volunteers alike.
The EFL’s Code of Practice represents a nationwide commitment by football clubs to improve equality and inclusion across all areas of the game. In the four years since its introduction, 63 EFL clubs - including the Stags - have passed the nationally recognised assessment.
The EFL works closely with clubs across all three EFL divisions to set high standards for equality in professional football and ensure that all spectators attending games can enjoy their matchday experience in a safe and friendly environment.
Clubs are evaluated across all areas of a football club, including matchday operations, general operations, community trust, youth development, attending matchday fans and the first team. Each club must successfully pass an independent assessment across 12 different areas of operation, ensuring good practice extends to all employees, spectators and other people engaged with the club.
The EFL Code of Practice was devised as part of the game’s commitment to the English Football Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan. It helps clubs to position themselves at the heart of each community by embedding the fundamental principles of inclusion and equality throughout the whole of the business, setting accountability at the highest level.
Alan Lakin, the club safety officer and lead officer for the Code of Practice submission said: “Everyone at the club works very hard to ensure that the club’s operations are in tune with all aspects of the EFL Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan and so that we comply with all Equality, Diversity and Inclusion legislation.
“It has meant that the club has had to develop some of its practices and we continue to learn. A large part of the process is to improve how we engage with our supporters and to increase the range and diversity of the community attending the One Call Stadium on matchdays.
“To these aims we have recently launched our ‘Football for All’ Inclusion group which will become more prominent at future games as we grow and promote the group for all supporters together.”
EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey, added: “The EFL continues to be committed to providing a matchday experience that is safe and welcoming to all supporters across all of our competitions.
“The EFL Code of Practice supports clubs by ensuring they are providing an equal and inclusive environment for supporters, employees and volunteers by making sure their policies and procedures are up-to-date.
“With EFL clubs undertaking the Code of Practice and several achieving the standard for the second time, it demonstrates the progress that has been made in this area.
“It’s important that clubs continue to fully recognise the importance of a diverse and inclusive environment to ensure that the game in this country continues to be a game for all.”