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WHAT DOES ACHIEVING THE PREMIER LEAGUE EQUALITY STANDARD INTERMEDIATE LEVEL MEAN?

7 November 2017

Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson, Head of HR & Safeguarding Louise Kerrigan and Internal Working Group member Susan Hornby with the award.

Find out more about why Latics received recognition from the Premier League and what it means.

  • Wigan Athletic receive the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level
  • What does the Premier League Equality Standard Intermediate Level mean?
  • Lisa Nandy MP: “This award shows that Wigan Athletic are now setting the standard for their pioneering work in this field.”

The club today announced it has received the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level. Find out more about the award below:

What does the award mean?

The Premier League Equality Standard (the Standard) was revised by the Premier League in 2015 to replace, and build on, Kick it Out’s Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs.

The revised Standard is now in line with the UK-wide standard – “The Equality Standard for Sport, A Framework” – developed and managed by the home country Sports Councils.

The Standard covers all areas of a club’s activity, including its role as an employer, and the work of the Community Trust or equivalent.

The Standard reflects current equality legislation and case law and provides a framework to help guide professional football clubs towards achieving equality. It sets out a series of key requirements to support the development of equality policy and practices across all areas of the club’s operation, thereby helping them to meet the relevant legal, and other, obligations. Through undertaking this work, it also encourages clubs to identify new target markets and fans for the future, and develop partnerships, activities and projects targeted at under-represented communities and individuals.

To achieve the intermediate level, Wigan Athletic have:

  • Committed to achieving equality across all areas of operation
  • Shown awareness of its current profile and position in terms of equality and its policies seek to advance equality
  • A stadium free from incidents of discrimination, abuse and harassment
  • Demonstrated that it is implementing and reviewing the Equality Action Plan and has collected updated profile data
  • Ensured its strategies, plans, programmes, activities and key policies consider the impact on people who share protected characteristics
  • Advocated equality and improved and developed through consultation with key partners, stakeholders and under-represented groups

How do Wigan Athletic promote Equality and Diversity?

Wigan Athletic Football Club works alongside it’s registered charity Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium to promote equality, diversity and respect across the organisation and the wider community.

In November 2015, we launched our equality and diversity Together programme, demonstrating our commitment to equality and diversity and promoting this ethos to our supporters, customers and staff.

The Together programme concentrates on four areas of Wigan Athletic’s business: The Community (and its relationship with it), Staff, Supporters and Brand/Reputation.

The objective of Together is to improve what the football club does as a business and how it does it with a particular focus on promoting inclusion and equality while also celebrating diversity.

Key examples of our work include:

  • Sponsoring of Wigan Pride in 2016 and 2017
  • Increased participation amongst women and girls in community activities to 40%
  • The creation of two new Wigan Athletic disability teams
  • New recruitment process that involves ‘blind shortlisting’ of all applicants
  • BAME players at Academy levels increasing to 29%
  • Introduction of new Together reporting line for reporting discriminatory and anti-social behaviour on a match day
  • Zero reports of anti-social behaviour linked to discrimination reported on a Wigan Athletic match day at the DW Stadium in 2016-17
  • Together programme fully integrated into Club’s communications and marketing strategy and 2017/2018 season ticket campaign #LaticsTogether

Find out more about Together by clicking here


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