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Southampton earn Premier League equality award

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Southampton have been awarded the Inter­mediate Equality Standard for commitment to promoting equality and diversity by the Premier League.

The club’s equality group recently submitted its evidence from the past year to a Premier League panel made up of experts, including Garth Crooks, who was parti­cul­arly impressed by “the profes­sional data and evidence-driven approach” and “the attention to detail in following up on fan feedback”.

Following the award of the Preliminary Equality Standard in 2016, the club has worked tirelessly to achieve the Inter­mediate Equality Standard and join an elite group of seven clubs to have reached this level.

The work that led to the award was carried out under the One March banner and includes:

  • The instal­la­tion of a Changing Places facility at St Mary’s Stadium and other impro­vements to acces­sibility
  • The development of eight key milestones for improving diversity across Southampton Football Club
  • The parti­cipa­tion of staff in unconscious bias training
  • The colla­bora­tion of the equality team with partnering orga­nisa­tions and the associated next steps
  • The celebration of diversity during our One March week and Rainbow Laces match
  • The intro­duc­tion of the Mx honorific across our online platforms 
  • Ongoing work with the Saints Disabled Supporters Asso­ci­ation 
  • Maintaining and improving robust reporting procedures and policies, including the intro­duc­tion of our One March text number (60060)

Ali Wallace, equality and diversity coordinator at Sout­hampton, said:­ “Achieving the Inter­mediate Equality Standard is the culmination of 18 months of work and action to promote inclusion at the club. It is a reflection of the commitment of the equality team and other staff members we have colla­borated with to develop the high-quality submission required.”
 

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