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📣 NexxtGen Football Insights: Diversity in English Football – Room for Improvement

Hey Team NexxtGen! 👋⚽ Steve Halls here, bringing you an update on the state of diversity within English football. Unfortunately, the latest report on the Football Leadership Diversity Code for the 2022-23 season reveals that our football clubs collectively missed their annual targets in enhancing ethnic and gender diversity.

🤝 The Diversity Code and its Goals Introduced in 2020, the Football Leadership Diversity Code aimed to boost equality of opportunity, fostering the recruitment of diverse talent across key areas like senior leadership teams, team operations, and coaching setups. As of now, 53 clubs from the Premier League and English Football League (EFL) have embraced this initiative.

🔍 The Current Landscape While there is progress in some quarters, the report from the Football Association (FA) highlights that the professional game's workforce in England doesn't yet mirror the diversity seen among players on the field. The FA acknowledges that the pace of hiring is not meeting the demands for swift and impactful change.

📈 Future Steps: Mandatory Reporting To address these challenges head-on, the FA plans to make it obligatory for professional clubs in English leagues to report comprehensive data on various aspects, including age, sex, gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation within their organisations. This step aims to bring transparency and accountability to the forefront of the diversity agenda.

💬 Call for Action: Sanctions for Non-Compliance Tony Burnett, Chief Executive of Kick It Out, an anti-discriminatory body, has emphasised the need for the Premier League and EFL to enforce sanctions for non-compliance. He believes that this commitment is vital to fully understanding the scale of the challenge and finding effective solutions to make football more representative of its diverse fanbase.

🔗 Stay Informed: The Journey Continues As advocates for positive change in football, it's crucial for us at NexxtGen to stay informed and engaged. The diversity conversation is ongoing, and our collective commitment to progress will play a pivotal role in shaping a footballing landscape that reflects the rich tapestry of its supporters.

Best wishes,

Steve Halls

NexxtGen Football


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