Rochdale Football Club has been awarded the EFL Code of Practice in recognition of the club's commitment to, and awareness and implementation of, equality values.
Obtained following an audit, the Code of Practice represents a nationwide commitment by football clubs to improve equality and inclusion across all areas of the game.
The EFL works closely with its clubs across all three EFL divisions to set high standards for equality in professional football, and to 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, ensuring good practice extends to all employees, spectators and other people engaged with the club.
The assessment is a indepth piece of work, which was carried out by the club over a 12 month period.
We’ve recently received official recognition of the achievement, having taken delivery of a certificate from the EFL.
George Delves, Dale’s Chief Operating Officer, commented: “As stated on numerous occasions by the new Board of Directors, the club has been given a mandate by its supporters to remain fan owned, and remain positioned at the very centre of our community
“Given the demographics of our region, our expectation is that each and every person associated with Rochdale AFC demonstrates a good understanding of equality and inclusion, and lives these values each day.
“The club’s Nicola Toolan has done an outstanding job leading the project, culminating in the achievement of this award.”
Photo / Photographed above is Nicola Toolan and George Delves.