Foxes rewarded for commitment to equality

Leicester City Football Club has been awarded with the Premier League’s highest honour for its commitment to equality.

The Foxes have achieved the Advanced Level of the Premier League Equality Standard (PLES) – the League’s progressive framework that guides professional football clubs in matters of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Representatives from across the organisation contributed to an extensive assessment from a PLES panel, which commended the Club’s consistent and considered progress since achieving the Intermediate Level in 2016.

The Club’s efforts to embed equality in the culture of its entire operation, innovative work in retail and the participation of players and high-profile personnel also won praise from the panel in its recommendation that Advanced Level be awarded.

Susan Whelan, Leicester City chief executive, said: “This is a really proud achievement for our Football Club. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank our staff for their tireless work in demonstrating how the Club’s values and commitment to equality are embedded in our operations, culture and practices.

“This is also an achievement for our supporters and our communities, whose participation is vital in maintaining an environment that welcomes everyone.

“Achieving the Advanced Level is an important endorsement of our efforts to date but, in order to lead change, we must continue to strive for and maintain the highest standards. This is a living, everyday Club priority and essential if we are to become an organisation that is consistently representative of one of the most diverse cities in the UK.”

Bill Bush, Premier League executive director, said: “Leicester City have shown whole-hearted commitment to achieve the Advanced Level of the Premier League Equality Standard and demonstrated their usual high standards of skill and professionalism in getting there. The Premier League congratulates the club and all their staff for the work they have done in this crucial area.

“Through their LCFC Together initiative, the Club continues to demonstrate an inclusive ethos across all of their work, both on and off the pitch, and plays an extremely important role as an ally for their supporter groups.

“Their innovative work with Foxes Pride has demonstrated their commitment to equality and is part of the reason they have achieved this accolade.

“We look forward to supporting the club as they continue to further progress their work in this area.”

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