Burnley FC committed to promoting Equality and Diversity

Burnley FC committed to promoting Equality and Diversity

We recognise that Burnley Football Club is an intrinsic part of the local community which contributes to the quality of life of many people and has the ability to foster community cohesion throughout the town and wider community – we are One Club for All.

Football also has the unique ability to bring people together from a wide range of different communities and can provide opportunities for all sections of the community to engage with the football club and participate in the community activities provided by our official charity – Burnley FC in the Community.

As a Premier League football club and provider of services to our fans and partners, Burnley Football Club is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and combating unfair treatment throughout our organisation, supporters and staff.

Along with supporting Kick It Out, Burnley Football Club implemented its first ever Celebrating Inclusion Day on Saturday 26th November 2016 v Manchester City FC, which involved bringing together a range of organisations and individuals to celebrate our diverse community. It also hosted its inaugural Diversity Day on Saturday 18th November 2017 v Swansea City FC, Diversity Day again on Saturday 6th October 2018 v Huddersfield Town FC and Stonewall Rainbow Laces at multiple matchdays.

In 2019, Burnley FC successfully achieved the Premier League Equality Standard Intermediate Level for its commitment to promoting equality and diversity.

We are absolutely committed to confronting and eliminating discrimination while promoting diversity. This commitment is set out in our Equality Policy and we are committed to embedding this throughout our organisation.

To this end we have a strategic team consisting of Brian Nelson (Club Director and Club Equality Board Champion), David Baldwin (Chief Executive Officer of Burnley FC) and Neil Hart (Chief Executive Officer of Burnley FC in the Community) who will ensure this is implemented throughout our organisation.

Mike Garlick – Burnley FC Chairman

Burnley FC Equality Statement:

Burnley Football Club endorses the principle of equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the club, whether as players, matchday fans, staff, board members, participants in outreach programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (i.e. suppliers or corporate partners):

  • Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.
  • Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected and, in particular, that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the club without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.
  • The club will not tolerate any form of discrimination, whether physical or verbal, and will ensure such behaviour is met with the appropriate action whenever it occurs.

To read Burnley FC’s Equality Policy in full please click here.