The Club's Commitment
Coventry City Football Club endorses the principle of Equality and is committed to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved with the Club, regardless of their role, current or potential:
- have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, regardless of their age, sex, gender identity, disability, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, religion, race, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation; and
- can be assured of an environment in which their rights and dignity and individual worth are respected and valued, and in particular that they are able to be involved and participate without the threat of discrimination, intimidation, victimisation, bullying, harassment or abuse.
The Club and its staff shall ensure that there is universal respect for all employees, supporters, community groups and partners and will not tolerate any form of discrimination against any person and will take specific action against any employee, volunteer, stakeholder, supporter, or supplier who engages in any act of discrimination.
The Club is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of treating all its employees and job applicants equally. The Club operates a blind recruitment process, adheres to a Safer Recruitment policy, and will avoid unlawful discrimination in all aspects of employment including recruitment and selection, promotion, transfer, opportunities for training, pay and benefits, other terms of employment, discipline, selection for redundancy and dismissal.
We will create and maintain a Club in which fairness, equality, anti-discrimination, and diversity is maintained, promoted, and enforced for the benefit of everyone.
The Club actively supports a number of equality and diversity campaigns, including Kick It Out, Football v Homophobia, and Level Playing Field.
The Club has signed up to the FA’s Football Leadership Diversity Code whereby we have committed to embedding greater diversity across senior leadership teams, team operations, and coaching within Coventry City Football Club in our safer recruitment practices.
The Club has developed policies and procedures which are fully supported by the Board, and in accordance with The Football League’s Code of Practice requirements and has appointed a Board Equality Champion and Lead EDI Officer. The Internal Advisory Group meets regularly to consider equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout the Club and will include employees, volunteers, and stakeholders in these discussions. The group’s remit includes developing an Equality Action Plan and the EDI Lead Officer reports to the Board regularly.
The Club also engages externally with Supporters Groups and encourages fans to suggest new groups to be represented. The Club meets with Supporters Groups throughout the Season. The meeting minutes are published on the Club’s website.
The Club commits to treating people fairly and with respect at all times. Where inequalities exist, we will take steps to deal with them, so that everyone has equal opportunity to take part in and enjoy our Club and enjoy its activities.
Every staff member, Board member, official, spectator, fan and visiting teams can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular, that they are able to work and watch football in an environment without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment or abuse.
This commitment applies equally to the treatment of our employees and workers, our customers and supporters, our partners, and suppliers. It applies equally across Coventry City Football Club and Sky Blues in the Community and is fully supported by our Board of Directors.