By fmttm
Sunday 09 Jul 2017 13:32:00
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Middlesbrough FC has achieved the Preliminary Level of the Premier League Equality Standard and the club has been commended for its commitment.

Boro might no longer be in the top flight but after a great deal off effort and commitment the club has been deemed a Premier quality and equality operation.

The club was assessed by an independent panel who “commended the club-wide commitment to equality and was also struck by the synergy between the work of the club, Academy, and Foundation.” Panel members also praised the club for its work with asylum seekers and refugees.

Garth Crooks, chairman of the Premier League Equality Standard, said: “The panel recognise Middlesbrough’s long-term commitment to equality and encourage the club to build on the momentum it has developed.”

Last season, the club launched an Equality and Diversity programme, RiverSideBySide, with five strategic goals.

  • Leverage the position of the Club in the Teesside community to promote greater levels of tolerance and inclusion in local society.
  • Ensure that MFC players, coaches, employees and MFC Foundation staff are seen as ambassadors for the Club’s values and commitment to equality.
  • Continually improve the diversity profile of Club and Foundation employees in alignment with that in the Teesside area.
  • Continually improve the diversity profile of MFC supporters in alignment with that in the Teesside area.
  • Take appropriate steps to comply with the standards in the Accessible Stadia Guide.

During the past 12 months, as part of several new projects, the club has established a close relationship with Media Cultured and has been engaging with the local Muslim community. Improvements have been made in stadium accessibility, and the MFC Foundation has established the ‘Think with your feet’ project aimed at engaging adults with mental health problems.

Club chief operating officer Mark Ellis is the club’s Equality Champion and he said: “We’re delighted to be recognised by the Premier League and the achievement of the Standard is a real credit to the club, our staff, and to the people of the region that we work closely with.

“As a club we recognise the important role we have to play within the Teesside community and have a clear commitment across the board in terms of equality, diversity, and accessibility.

“This is an ongoing commitment from the football club and with the new season almost upon us, we shall be continuing our work in these areas and continually looking at areas where we can improve.”

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