Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination



Football is open and accessible for all.

Equality Policy Statement and Commitment

The Oxfordshire Football Association are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all areas of our work. We will not accept any form of discrimination and will ensure all individuals and groups associated with our organisation are treated equally and fairly.

We endorse the principle of sports equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in football, whether as participants, club or league officers, managers, coaches, referees, spectators within the Oxfordshire Football Association:

  • Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, sex, gender identity, disability, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, religion, race, ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, social background or sexual orientation; and
  • 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 sport without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment or abuse.

The Equality Standard (A Framework for Sport) was launched by the UK in November 2004 to help address the inequalities that exist within the sports sector. It is a framework to guide sports organisations, including national governing bodies of sport, towards achieving equality. 

Oxfordshire FA achieved Foundation Level of the Standard by in May 2023 and is currently working towards submitting for Preliminary Level of the Standard by the end of the year. It is important that we comply with the Standard to ensure that we continue to be an inclusive organisation who are committed to offer football for all, no matter age, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, race, religion or belief, ability or disability including mental health, pregnancy or maternity to encourage equality and inclusion at all levels.

This work will include our Equality Policy, Equality Statement, Equality Action Plan, our staff and board members, how we communicate with our stakeholders and customers, and our Human Resources policies. This work will be led by the Board Champion for Equality, and the Equality Lead, Michael Thurlow.

Football is open and accessible for all.


help us make football better

Inclusion advisory group

We recently formed an Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) to help us bring more football opportunities to our local communities.

Could you help us make football in Oxfordshire more inclusive, playing an integral part in the planning and development of the service we provide? We're always looking for committed and passionate individuals with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to help guide and progress inclusive football within Oxfordshire and help us achieve our aims.