LFE fully supports Equality of Opportunity and aims to ensure that staff at all levels work in an environment free from any discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, sex, gender reassignment, religion or belief, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation or age.
LFE is committed to equality and diversity and intends to ensure that every apprentice footballer develops to their full potential in an environment that is free from any form of discrimination.
LFE is dedicated to:
- positive action to promote equality of opportunity and diversity in employment and training
- regular monitoring of results of this commitment
LFE works in partnership with Kick It Out, The EFL, The FA and The PFA to support equality issues and is represented on the Kick It Out Professional Game Guidance Group.
LFE actively promotes equality at all clubs and to all apprentices throughout the ‘Apprentice Journey’ starting at Induction and continuing through progress reviews, assessment sessions, progression activities and via a range of digital and print media.
LFE partners with Kick It Out to ensure that equality training is provided to apprentice players. These workshops, focusing on challenging topics including discrimination, banter, language, racism and homophobia, are designed to encourage a culture of respect in clubs and between players, while simultaneously fostering a commitment to equality and positive behaviour.
The impact of this work is powerful and apprentice awareness of equality issues has improved as a result of this partnership. Young players also benefit from inclusive coaching and teaching styles while they are on the apprenticeship. This is reinforced by consistently outstanding success rates across all ethnic groups represented on the programme.