1st October 2020

Racism and discrimination have a profound and corrosive impact on our communities. They exacerbate inequalities. They create fear and mistrust. They exploit vulnerabilities.  

Football has the power to bring people together. It inspires hope, passion and a sense of belonging.  

At the start of Black History Month, we’re calling on everyone to come together to challenge discrimination and celebrate diversity, not just in football but in our communities.  

The events of this year caused us to stop and think hard about what we need to do to encourage more inclusive behaviours, tackle racism and discrimination, celebrate diversity and create lasting change.  

We asked service users to tell us what we do well and what we needed to improve. They told us that they feel included and valued by our people. They told us that we do a good job of bringing people of different backgrounds together through football and we should continue to do it. They also told us we should try and make our workforce more representative of our communities and that we should do more to educate people about black history.  

Here are some of the steps we’ve taken so far:   

  • We reaffirmed our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion by appointing a new Equality Diversity and Inclusion lead
  • We supported our staff to improve their understanding of the rich cultural diversity of South Wales communities and to acknowledge the contributions of people of Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups to local and national history and culture
  • We hosted a Q&A with Show Racism the Red Card, so young people could learn about and discuss issues relating to race, racism and racial injustice
  • We used our digital channels to support online campaigns that aim to bring justice and equality to Black people and people from ethnic minorities across the globe

That’s a start but we have much to learn and lots to do. Here are some of the steps that we’ve committed to taking over the next few weeks:  

  • We will make our Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan publicly available
  • We will establish a network of community leaders and representatives to help us understand how we can help create lasting change   
  • We will continue to listen to the experiences of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority staff and service users  
  • We will review our recruitment procedures in order to build a more diverse workforce
  • We will continue to support national campaigns, use our reach to challenge discrimination and encourage others to do the same 
  • We will celebrate diversity, in particular the contribution of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities to our communities

Join us in celebrating Black History Month and standing up to racism.

Gavin Hawkey, Foundation Director

For further information contact:  

Chris Foot  

Disability and Equality Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator  

E| [email protected] 

T| 07572 231 719