Crystal Palace Football Club have been awarded by the Premier League the ‘Intermediate Equality Standard’. This was an accumulation of 18 months hard work to ensure that the club met all the requirements set out in the Standard. It has been a joint effort across the club, foundation, academy and the first team to ensure that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is embedded across all areas of work and promoted at every available opportunity.
Examples of some of the work that has been completed by the club includes, Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) of key policies, strategic plans and services that may impact people with one or more of the protected characteristics, a newly revised Discrimination Reporting Process, particularly for use on match days and policy reviews including looking at how and where we recruit for new staff. We rolled out a comprehensive schedule of equality training including training on unconscious bias to all full-time staff, academy scholars and first team players, we also completed a detailed demographic equality audit survey which involved, fans, season ticket holders, players and scholars, community programme participants, full time and match day staff to ensure we established an understanding of the levels of diversity among a range of groups that engage with the club.
An external Independent Equality Advisory Group (IEAG) has also been set up and meets on a quarterly basis with the intention of consulting with experts and minority groups from the wider community around the issues of equality and how we might be able to improve our work around it. This group feeds into the club’s Internal Equality Working Group which consists of Heads of Department enabling a smooth flow of communication and advice between the club and community.
We have delivered community engagement events and activities to raise awareness of months of action like Black History Month, Stonewalls Rainbow Laces and LGBT Month, Level Playing Fields’ Disability week of action, Mental Health Week and Kick it out.
In regard to accessibility, there has been substantial progress made in terms of reasonable amendments to the stadium facilities to allow for more wheelchair users to attend the game.
Soye Briggs stated that "We are proud to have achieved the Intermediate Level Equality standard and are keen to continue on towards acquiring the Advanced Standard by Autumn 2019".