Equality Policy

Alexandra Park FC is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it.

Alexandra Park FC is an inclusive club for men, women and non-binary people of all backgrounds.

Alexandra Park FC in all its activities will not discriminate or in any way, treat anyone less favourably on grounds of age, gender, gender reassignment (see note at the end of the page), sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. The club will ensure it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in and enjoy its activities.

Alexandra Park FC will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable is regarded as discrimination.

This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discrimatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal.

Racism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are never tolerated, on or off the football pitch. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Using derogatory and/or offensive language about LGBT+ people (whether they are LGBT+ or not); this can include “jokes” and name calling
  • Using racial stereotypes or insults
  • Deadnaming (calling a trans or non-binary person by the name they previously used)
  • Treating someone differently based on their race, gender identity, or sexual orientation

The club will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

This policy is fully supported by the Club Officers who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Alexandra Park FC is committed to taking positive action where inequalities exist and to the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination and promote equality in football.

Alexandra Park FC is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

In all our activities, we will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or disability.

This includes in:

  • Team selection
  • The advertisement for and selection of volunteers (e.g. for committee members). 
  • Training courses
  • External coaching and education activities and awards
  • Football development activities

Alexandra Park FC commits itself to working with the Amateur FA to immediately investigate any claims brought to its attention, of discrimination on the above grounds. Where such cases are found to be proven, sanctions will be imposed in line with FA sanction guidelines

Our Commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.

Please note: it is the FA’s view that gender identity should not be a barrier to participation in football. The FA is intent on making football a lifelong experience, and ensuring the inclusion and safety of participants.

The FA policy on trans people in football can be found here.

Players who do not meet the FA criteria cannot play league matches; but it is our view that trans football players do not need to meet any criteria to be part of the team and take part in weekly friendlies and training. Gender-neutral language is encouraged on and off the pitch.