Latics rewarded for battling prejudice

James Perch and Stephen Crainey -  Kick It Out
James Perch and Stephen Crainey - Kick It Out

WIGAN Athletic’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion have been recognised by leading anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out.

Under the banner of Together, Latics has been working to promote the DW Stadium as a family-friendly environment for people of any background to watch football. And the club’s charity, Wigan Athletic Community Trust, runs sport, health and education projects that reach thousands of people a year across the borough.

The club has been awarded the Preliminary level of The Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs. The Equality Standard is a framework which encourages and supports the development of equality practices and policies at professional clubs.

Over the last 12 months Kick It Out has reviewed all areas of the club including its complaints reporting procedure, how the club recruits employees and how it delivers activities and projects to underrepresented groups in the community.

In partnership with the DW Stadium the club also commissioned a special disability access audit to ensure that disabled supporters received equal treatment as non-disabled fans.

Club Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson said: “We are delighted that we have been successful in gaining this award from Kick It Out.

“As part of our on-going commitment to helping the local community and in improving the match day experience for our fans we are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for everyone involved with the football club, whether they are a fan coming to the game or a member of staff working for us.”