Wigan Athletic chief executive Jonathan Jackson discusses his pride in the club’s recognition from the Premier League for its commitment to equality and diversity.
- WATCH: Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson on the club’s Premier League Equality Standard Intermediate Level award
- Jackson praises the staff across Wigan Athletic, the DW Stadium and the Wigan Athletic Community Trust for their commitment to promoting equality and diversity
- Jackson: “It’s a really proud moment for the football club and we’re absolutely delighted. To be the first EFL club to achieve this award is an honour.
iFollow Latics spoke to Wigan Athletic chief executive Jonathan Jackson on Monday following the news the club had received the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level.
Speaking about the recognition the club has received, Jackson said:
“It’s a really proud moment for the football club, the DW Stadium and the Wigan Athletic Community Trust and we’re absolutely delighted.
“To be the first EFL club to achieve this award is an honour.”
Explaining more about the award, he continued:
“The award is about promoting inclusion within the organisation and it has three strands to it; equality, diversity and respect. We’ve been working towards it for the past three or four years and it’s something I’m very passionate about along with all staff at the club.
“We looked to raise awareness of these issues firstly among our staff, supporters and customers on non-matchdays, and then looked at the general population as a whole in Wigan and how we represented that community. We wanted to make sure everything we did as a business was positive in that regard and that we avoid discrimination in anything we do. The Together programme ensures we do things properly and in a way that the people of Wigan would be proud of.
“A lot of staff have worked really hard to achieve this recognition but this is only the start of the process for Wigan Athletic because we’ll continue to embed equality and diversity into everything we do.
“Particular mention must go to Head of Community Tom Flower and Head of HR and Safeguarding Louise Kerrigan who have worked really hard to get us to this point.”
“The Together programme has led us to supporting a number of events such as Wigan Pride, we have implemented blind shortlisting in our recruitment process, improved and enlarged our disability sport programme and have looked at creating better communication with our female fans through the Female Focus Group.”
“Everybody at the football club should be very proud of their achievements and for organisations such as Kick It Out, the Premier League and Lisa Nandy MP to say such positive things about us is great to hear.”