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WIGAN ATHLETIC DELIGHTED TO ACHIEVE THE PREMIER LEAGUE EQUALITY STANDARD – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

7 November 2017

Susan Hornby (A member of the Equality and Diversity Internal Working Group), Louise Kerrigan (Head of HR & Safeguarding) and Jonathan Jackson (Wigan Athletic, Chief Executive) receive the Premier League Equality Standard Intermediate Level.

Club becomes the first EFL club to receive the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level.

  • Wigan Athletic achieve the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level
  • Award recognises Latics’ commitment to equality and diversity across the club, the DW Stadium and the Wigan Athletic Community Trust through ‘Together’ initiative
  • “Wigan Athletic have shown considerable commitment to, and enthusiasm for, furthering equality and diversity throughout their club’s operations,” Garth Crooks, Chair of the independent Premier League Equality Standard Panel.

Everyone at Wigan Athletic is delighted to announce that the club has received the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level.

The club becomes the first outside of the Premier League to be recognised by the Premier League Equality Standard, which recognises the practices of the club in terms of how it promotes equality and diversity throughout Wigan Athletic, the DW Stadium and the Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

A significant step in the club’s ambition to become a pioneer of best practice in promoting equality and diversity, signified by the success of the ‘Together’ programme which has recently been nominated for the Kick It Out Promoting Inclusion Award at the Northwest Football Awards, chief executive Jonathan Jackson was proud to receive high praise from the judging panel, chaired by Garth Crooks.

“It is a really proud moment for the football club and we’re absolutely delighted,” Jonathan said. “To be the first EFL club to achieve this award is an honour.

“A lot of staff have worked really hard to achieve this recognition but this is only the start of the process for Wigan Athletic. We will 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.”

Garth Crooks, Chair of the independent Premier League Equality Standard Panel, added:

“Wigan Athletic have shown considerable commitment to, and enthusiasm for, furthering equality and diversity throughout their club’s operations.

“They have worked extremely hard to meet the challenging requirements of the Intermediate Level of the Premier League Equality Standard and impressed the independent panel with some excellent work to increase participation among under-represented groups.

“On behalf of the Panel I would like to extend our congratulations to Wigan Athletic on their achievement.”


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