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30 January 2018

Last weekend's game was the club's designated Kick It Out fixture.

  • The club were the first EFL team to achieve the Premier League Equality Standard - Intermediate Level in November 2017.
  • Achievement recognised our commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Together programme was celebrated in the lead up to Saturday's fixture.

Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson was presented with the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level award by Kick It Out Chief Executive Roisin Wood at last weekend's Emirates FA Cup clash against West Ham United at the DW Stadium.

Latics were the first non-Premier League side to receive the award in November 2017, which recognised the practices of the club in terms of how it promotes equality and diversity throughout Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium.

Saturday’s game against the Hammers was the club’s designated Kick It Out fixture, with the week leading up to the fixture celebrating the club’s Together programme of equality and diversity.

Roisin said: “Kick It Out were delighted to congratulate Wigan Athletic on achieving the Intermediate Level of the Premier League’s Equality Standard. They have been a leading light in advancing equality practices through their football club and it is great to see their work being recognised.

She added: “The club have really set an example to many other clubs in the EFL to follow, with the hope that others can be inspired to further enhance their activating in promoting equality, inclusion and cohesion.”

The Premier League Equality Standard includes three levels of achievement: Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced - reflecting current equality legislation and case law, and providing a framework to guide professional football clubs towards achieving equality.

Jonathan said: “It was a really proud moment for the football club to achieve the standard and we were absolutely delighted to be the first non-Premier League team to do so.

He added: “All staff worked really hard to achieve the recognition but it’s only the start of the process for Wigan Athletic as we’ll continue to embed equality and diversity into everything we do.”

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through Together.

Click here for more information about Together.

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