The Irish Football Association has been awarded the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark in recognition of its commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.
Evaluated by an independent assessment panel, Diversity Mark helps businesses build more diverse and inclusive workplaces through accreditation, insights, best practice and peer support.
The bronze award is a significant step for the Irish FA as it seeks to further advance its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Three targets have been set in this area by football’s governing body in Northern Ireland:
- to develop an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
- complete a deeper data analysis and assessment project with a view to enhancing gender diversity
- design and deliver an emerging leaders programme for women to develop potential and grow confidence
Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said: “At the Irish FA we want to be as inclusive as possible and we’re delighted with the bronze award.
“Working with the Diversity Mark framework, and the support that is provided through its networks, will help us navigate our equality and diversity journey and ensure we continue to make effective progress.”
Nuala Murphy, director at Diversity Mark, added: “We applaud the Irish FA for achieving the robust Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation.
“Our independent assessment panel noted: ‘As a high-profile organisation in a traditionally male-dominated sport, you are leading by example. The Irish FA has also identified a clear link between equality, diversity and inclusion and business need.’
“We look forward to supporting its ambitions in continuing to commit to progress.”
Image (l-r): Aisling Lowe (HR Advisor, Irish FA), Conrad Kirkwood (Irish FA President), Nuala Murphy (Director at Diversity Mark) and Graham Fitzgerald (Chief Operating Officer, Irish FA).