FFA has announced the current National Club Identity Policy (NCIP) will be replaced by a new policy.
After undertaking a review and consulting stakeholders, head office said there were grounds to replace the maligned policy with a “Diversity and Inclusion Policy”.
“Over the past three months, we have spoken to a cross section of the football community and it was clear that the majority of our stakeholders felt it was important we acknowledged the contribution many communities across Australia have made to their clubs, whilst still promoting inclusion and diversity,” FFA CEO David Gallop said.
According to an FFA media release, the revamped policy will be based on the following:
- The importance of football embracing the wider community and of clubs, as the lifeblood and shopfront of the game, being accessible, embracing and truly representative of their geographical regions
- Recognition of the heritage of clubs and the significant contribution of particular communities within the broader community to the development of individual clubs and the game as a whole
- The state of maturity of the game and its clubs and the importance of clubs reflecting the face of modern Australia
- The imperative for football as a game and its clubs more specifically to meet community standards and expectations, commit to and enact values based on tolerance, openness, diversity and inclusion
- The need for appropriate measures to ensure commitment by all parties to upholding these shared standards and values.