Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
As an organisation with strong Values, Plymouth Argyle is committed to making a positive and tangible impact on the community that we serve.
Football has the unique ability to bring people together from a wide range of different backgrounds and provides opportunities for all sections of the community to engage with the football club and participate in activities and initiatives led by our official charity – the Argyle Community Trust.
As a Sky Bet League One club, Argyle is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and combating unfair treatment throughout our organisation, supporters and staff.
Along with supporting many EFL and independent organisations that combat inequality such as Kick It Out, Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces and Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action, the club has recently refreshed its internal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion [EDI] working group with a new cohort of staff.
The club’s Inclusion Lead, Siobhan Robbie-James said: “We are absolutely committed to confronting and eliminating discrimination while promoting diversity. This commitment is set out in our Equality Policy and we are committed to embedding this throughout our organisation.
“We commit to continue listening to staff, fans and the industry and by having representatives from every department in the group – not just senior management – we can ensure that our work and understanding reaches the entire football club and EDI is considered in everything that we do.”
The club has a strategic EDI team consisting of Siobhan Robbie-James (Supporter Relations Manager and Inclusion Lead), Zac Newton (Club Secretary and Inclusion Champion) and Jason Chapman (Deputy Community Manager of Argyle Community Trust) who will ensure best EDI practice is implemented throughout the club’s organisation.
Plymouth Argyle’s Equality Statement:
Plymouth Argyle Football Club endorses the principle of equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the club, whether as players, matchday fans, staff, board members, participants in outreach programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (i.e. suppliers or corporate partners):
- Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.
- Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected and, in particular, that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the club without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.
- The club will not tolerate any form of discrimination, whether physical or verbal, and will ensure such behaviour is met with the appropriate action whenever it occurs.
To read Plymouth Argyle FC’s Equality Policy in full please click here.
This Policy is fully supported by the Board of Plymouth Argyle FC and the Chief Executive, Andrew Parkinson, is responsible for the implementation of this policy.