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Diversity commitment

Diversity commitment

Gary Hoffman

Message from our Chair

The Football Foundation (Foundation) values excellence in everything we do; from the facilities we develop, to the people we employ.  We value diversity because we recognise that in being able to share ideas and solutions with people from different backgrounds, skills, experiences and perspectives, can lead to greater creativity and problem-solving, improved decision-making and increased organisational performance – and in the end, a better outcome.  Putting diversity high on our agenda, will, therefore, not only help us to attract and develop the best talent available, but will help to secure the Foundation’s success. 

Nonetheless, we know that there is much work to do in this area; not only at the Foundation, but in our sector generally. Statistics show that women, black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, and those with a disability, are significantly underrepresented in official positions across all sports organisations.  While we appreciate that there are no quick fixes in tackling this, the Foundation is committed to play our part in driving the agenda for greater diversity, and helping to create lasting change in the sector.

Our diversity commitment is to develop a fully inclusive organisation, which recruits and attracts candidates from all sectors of society, and where all employees can develop and achieve their full potential.  Specifically, for the Board, we are adopting a target of having a minimum of 30% of each gender on the Board, as well as progressing towards greater gender parity and diversity. Achieving these commitments will take time, and it will mean doing everything we can to attract a more diverse range of applicants, so that the Foundation is not only more representative of the wider society, but reflects the broad constituency we are trying to support. 

The Foundation recognises that it has considerable work to do in achieving this, so we have created an action plan that sets out the steps we will take over the next 18 months.  This plan is structured around three strategic, coordinated goals:  effective recruitment, engagement and progressing talent from within.  The associated steps we have identified will help us move towards our objective of developing a more diverse organisation, at all levels.  

Valuing individual difference and the diversity this brings, is a belief that is strongly supported by the Foundation Board and Executive Team.  Through our action-focussed approach, and the commitment and focus this will bring, we hope that the Foundation will emerge, over time, with a greater diversity of thinking, broader perspectives, and a stronger and more resilient organisation.

Gary Hoffman
Independent Chairman
Board of Trustees