Wigan Athletic recognised for commitment towards equality.Before the club’s home game against Birmingham City on Saturday, Latics Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson was presented with an award by leading football anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out.
The club has been awarded the Preliminary level of Kick It Out’s Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs, which provides a framework that encourages and supports the development of equality practices and policies at professional clubs.
Under the banner of ‘Together’, Latics worked to promote the DW Stadium as a family friendly environment for people of any background to watch football, while also, through its charity Wigan Athletic Community Trust, running sports, health and education projects that reach thousands of people a year across the borough.
Over the last 18 months all areas of the club have been reviewed by Kick It Out, including its complaints reporting procedure, how the club recruits employees and how it delivers activities and projects to underrepresented groups in the community.
Rishi Jain, Kick It Out’s Football League Development Officer, said: “It’s fantastic that Wigan Athletic has achieved Kick It Out’s Preliminary Level of the Equality Standard for Professional Clubs."
“Working closely alongside the club in the development of their equality practices, I have witnessed the commitment that Wigan have shown to promote an inclusive experience for all supporters, regardless of background, that wish to attend matches at the DW Stadium and engage with the club."
“Away from matchdays, the club further impressed our Equality Standard panel through their strong link with the Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the implementation of equality training for members of staff.”
Club Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson said: “As a football club, Wigan Athletic is very aware of the unique position that we have in our community and as such we work hard to ensure that on a match day the DW Stadium is a place where everyone can watch football in a safe and friendly environment."
“As part of our commitment to equal opportunities, we have reviewed and improved all of our equality and diversity policies and procedures, whether these affect people who work at the club or a supporter on a match day, so we are delighted that this work has been recognised by Kick It Out and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has congratulated Wigan Athletic for the award from Kick It Out and said: “This award is fitting recognition for the good work Wigan Athletic does both in our community and in creating an inclusive environment at the stadium."
“Football has a special ability to bring people together and we can all be proud of the work Wigan Athletic do in promoting that message of unity.”