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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:35

Scottish FA unveils Football Equity project

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footballequityThe Scottish FA unveiled its Football Equity Project aimed at increasing the number of people from Ethnic Minorities (EM) participating in the game.

Support from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Fund has resulted in a team of Football Equity Officers being appointed to the Association.

Since April last year, they have been carrying out ground-breaking work across Scotland to increase football opportunities for the nation’s diverse cultures.

With the expertise of strategic partners BEMIS Scotland - a national umbrella organisation working with all ethnic minority communitiesthe – the Association is now able to roll out its exciting and inclusive project of participation for Ethnic Minority communities across Scotland.

Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA Director of Football Development, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to create this specialised project to increase the number of people from diverse communities involved in football.

“With the help of BEMIS Scotland – who have provided their experience, guidance and training to our staff - we are confident of overcoming the historic issues that have prevented football’s growth in the Ethnic Minority community.”

Rami Ousta, BEMIS Scotland Chief Executive, said: “'BEMIS Scotland warmly welcome the launch of its partnership with the Scottish FA - the Football Equity Project - which has been operational for over a year and which is already having a meaningful impact in driving up awareness of, understandings about, and levels of participation in football by Scotland's diverse ethnic minority communities, including girls and women.

“In particular we are delighted that the Scottish FA sees this project as a long-term undertaking, linked to their wider equality endeavours, and we will continue to be willing partners going forward.”

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “We want as many young people as possible from all communities in Scotland to be involved in football, from the grassroots to the professional game.

“The Scottish FA Equity project uses cash seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act to offer young people from wide and diverse cultural backgrounds opportunities to take part in the sport.

“This will also have the benefit of increasing the talent pool and growing our national game. Scotland is a multi-cultural society and I welcome the work that the Scottish FA and BEMIS Scotland is doing to ensure the game from grassroots up reflects that, by breaking down the barriers that ethnic minorities have faced in the past to participating in football.”

During an extensive research period, which culminated in a comprehensive survey delivered to more than 1000 members of the country’s diverse communities, key themes emerged in our common aim to increase involvement:

• The need for role models to emulate
• Better co-ordination of events
• Improved resources
• Better opportunities in areas of social deprivation

The findings have driven the newly created Football Equity Strategy which sets out how the Association will increase the number of people from Ethnic Minorities involved in football.

Click here to view the Football Equity Strategy.

An array of initiatives are underway designed to meet the specific cultural needs of Scotland’s diverse communities.

The aims of these initiatives are:
• To increase the amount of EM coaches
• To facilitate employment of EM community coaches in Local Authorities
• To increase amount of EM Officials/Referees
• To identify how many EM referees are involved in the game via a network of grassroots contacts
• To build relationships with regional referee coordinators
• To increase EM community members playing in affiliated clubs/leagues
• To increase participation opportunities for EM females
• To increase amount of people from an EM background involved in Scottish FA programmes
• To support local unaffiliated clubs/groups to progress into affiliated formal football

Football Equity officers:

Central region: Atta Yaqub on 01786 467 165 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
South East region: Jennifer Malone on 07534 062 532 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
West/South West region: James Docherty on 0141 886 7366 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
West/South West region: Hala Ousta on 0141 886 7366 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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