The Football Association is hoping that more Premier League clubs will join Southampton and sign up to the Football Leadership Diversity Code. The Football Association announced a three-year equality, diversity, and inclusion strategy. This Code would increase the influence to create a discrimination-free game. The strategy has three key commitments: ‘Lead the Change’, ‘Be the Change’ and ‘Inspire the Change’. For the last three years, the association has implemented the ‘In Pursuit of Progress’ initiative. The initiative aimed to improve transparency in recruitment across the game, increase ethnic and gender representation throughout senior leadership, team operations, and coaching.
“Southampton can confirm it has signed up to the FA’s Diversity Leadership Code (FLDC),” Southampton said in a statement after signing for the Football Leadership Diversity Code. “At its launch in October 2020, the club felt it needed more time to understand how the revised Premier League Equality Standard and the FLDC would complement each other before considering revising our recruitment targets and already established processes.”
“Whilst we are committed to the FLDC, the club maintains that it could go further.” the statement added. “With the club’s existing recruitment targets encompassing all roles, as opposed to leadership roles only, and also extending beyond race and gender, we look forward to engaging with the FA on this topic to broaden the targets for all clubs. Post the introduction of the Premier League Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Standard in 2021, the club now feels it better understands the shared objectives of this standard and the FLDC, enabling us to formally sign up to the FLDC.”