We recognise that Burnley Football Club is an intrinsic part of the local community, which contributes to the quality of life of many people and has the ability to foster community cohesion throughout the town and wider community. Football also has the unique ability to bring people together from a wide range of different communities and can provide opportunities for all sections of the community to engage with the football club and participate in the community activities provided by our official charity, Burnley FC in the Community.
As a Premier League football club and provider of services to our fans and partners, Burnley Football Club is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and combating unfair treatment throughout our organisation, supporters and staff. Along with supporting Kick it Out, Burnley Football Club implemented its first ever Celebrating Inclusion Day on Saturday 26th November 2016 vs. Manchester City which involved bringing together a range of organisations and individuals to celebrate our diverse community. We are absolutely committed to confronting and eliminating discrimination while promoting diversity, this commitment is set out and evidenced through our Premier League Equality Standard submission and we are committed to embedding this throughout our organisation.
Mike Garlick, Burnley FC Chairman
Burnley 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, match-day fans, staff, Board members, participants in outreach programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (for example, suppliers, 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; and
* 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.
Burnley Football Club is committed to avoiding and eliminating unfair discrimination of any kind in the club, and will under no circumstances condone unlawful discriminatory practices. The organisation takes a zero-tolerance approach to harassment, victimisation or bullying. Examples of the relevant legislation and the behaviours in question are given in the Appendix.
As well as complying with legislation, clubs should be promoting equality by taking positive steps to counteract the effects of physical or cultural barriers – whether real or perceived – that restrict the opportunity for all sections of the community to participate equally and fully.
Burnley Football Club will therefore seek to institute, support or contribute to appropriate measures or initiatives that enable access to our club, as well as require participation in associated activities by people from any group that is under-represented in the club or has difficulty accessing it.
The following steps will be taken to publicise this policy and promote equality in Burnley Football Club:
- A copy of this document will be published on the Burnley Football Club website
- The Burnley FC Board will take overall accountability for ensuring that the policy is observed
- The Board will take full account of the policy in arriving at all decisions in relation to activities of Burnley Football Club
- Burnley Football Club will implement regular audits, surveys or other initiatives designed to assess the level of participation of different sections of the community in the club and will take account of the findings in developing measures to promote and enhance equality in the club.
- Burnley Football Club will provide access to a rolling programme of training (for example, online, face-to-face, briefings) for all of its players, match-day fans, staff, Board members, participants in outreach programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities to raise awareness of both collective and individual responsibilities.
It will be a condition of working with Burnley Football Club that suppliers:
- Commit to act in accordance with this policy; and
- Support such measures and initiatives that Burnley Football Club may institute or take part in to advance the aims of this policy.
The Board will be accountable for ensuring the implementation of this policy. The CEO or equivalent will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of equality in the club.
The CEO will review all Burnley Football Club activities and initiatives against the aims of the policy and should report formally on this issue to the Board annually.
The CEO will review any measures or initiatives that Burnley Football Club may institute or take part in to promote and enhance equality in the club, and will report their findings annually to the Board.
The Board itself will review the policy at intervals of no more than three years, (or when necessary due to changes in legislation) in line with Burnley Football Club’s policy review process.
Burnley Football Club considers all forms of discriminatory behaviour, including (but not limited to) behaviour described in the Appendix as unacceptable, and is concerned with ensuring individuals feel able to raise any bona fide grievance or complaint related to such behaviour without fear of being penalised for doing so.
Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any player, match-day fan, staff, Board member, participant in outreach programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities who violate the Burnley Football Club’s Equality Policy.
Any person who believes that he or she has been treated in a way that they consider to be in breach of this policy by a player, match-day fan, staff, Board member, participant in outreach programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities should, in the first instance, complain to that person. If this does not resolve
the matter, or in the case of allegations of discriminatory behaviour against Burnley Football Club itself, the person may raise the matter by writing directly to;
Chief Executive Officer
Burnley Football Club
Harry Potts Way
Burnley Football Club will investigate the complaint personally and appoint a person to do this. The investigation will be conducted impartially, confidentially, and without avoidable delay. Any person against whom a complaint has been made will be informed of what is alleged and given the opportunity to present their side of the matter.
The parties in question will be notified of the outcome of the investigation, in writing, and this will be reported to Burnley Football Club Board. If the investigation reveals unacceptable discriminatory behaviour on the part of a person or organisation, Burnley Football Club may impose sanctions on that person or organisation in line with its policies. Sanctions may range from a written reminder concerning future conduct extending to temporary or permanent expulsion from Burnley Football Club’s activities. In deciding what sanction is appropriate in a particular case the Board will consider the severity of the matter and take into account any mitigating circumstances.
Where the violation of the Equality Policy by way of harassment, victimisation or discrimination amount to a criminal offence, the appropriate authority will be informed.
In the event that an individual or organisation associated with Burnley Football Club is subject to allegations of unlawful discrimination in a court or tribunal, Burnley Football Club Board will co-operate fully with any investigation carried out by the relevant lawful authorities and, subject to the outcome, may consider taking action as above in relation to the matter concerned.
Adopted by Burnley Football Club Board
Policy to be reviewed May 2018