Call for disabled Londoners to shape a more diverse future for football

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BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Action from the Blind final between Merseyside Blind FC and RNC Shrews during The FA Disability Cup Final at St Georges Park on May 6, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Harry Hubbard - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Action from the Blind final between Merseyside Blind FC and RNC Shrews during The FA Disability Cup Final at St Georges Park on May 6, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Harry Hubbard – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The London Football Association (LFA) is giving disabled Londoners a unique opportunity to have their say in shaping a more diverse future for football in the capital following a transformational overhaul of its Board.

As the largest of the County Football Associations, the LFA is inviting applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for a range of new Non-Executive Board positions to ensure that London’s football community provides greater representation of the communities it serves.  The move, which follows The FA’s own governance initiative earlier this year, will also help the LFA develop a more inclusive and sustainable future for the sport in the city.

The LFA’s corporate governance reforms comply with Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance, which was launched in May 2017 to ensure the highest levels of transparency are present in all sports.

Lisa Pearce, CEO of LFA, explains: “London is a fantastically diverse city where football is enjoyed and played by over half a million people, whether at school, Sunday League five-aside or at a professional level. We want to reflect this diversity in the members of our Board so this is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners with disabilities to make their voices heard and take the organisation forward by having representation at Board level.

“As the first woman to hold the role of CEO at the LFA, it’s particularly poignant for me to lead London’s governing body of the game through this exciting period of change and enrich the future of grassroots football in London.

“We are also strengthening our decision-making process to ensure that our actions are fair, transparent and promote equality of opportunity for all. By helping change perceptions and turn our ambitions into action, we want to give Londoners, irrespective of age, gender identity, background, ethnicity and ability, greater involvement in how the game is run.”

Sir Simon Hughes, Independent Director of the LFA, says: “Football is deeply woven into the fabric of our society and it is hugely important for the sport to provide access and opportunities for all members of the community.  We want to see the right people in place to help the LFA meet its objectives and deliver great experiences across the capital to help more people get into and stay playing the game.”

Alongside these new governance reforms, the LFA is investing £150,000 in attracting more girls to the sport. This includes launching the FA’s new Wildcats programme in London, targeting five to 11-year olds. The LFA will introduce a new Walking Football initiative this autumn to support the physical and mental wellbeing of over 55-year olds and to grow the number of football teams to meet demand this season, the LFA has launched a new £100,000 investment programme for clubs and leagues to access grassroots funding.

The new LFA positions include three independent Non-Executive Directors, six Football / Sport Directors and one Finance & Risk Director. They will act as ‘Champions of Business’ through their diverse skills, experience and backgrounds, applying their independent expertise to the LFA Board. Applications should be sent to gamechanger@londonfa.com by 5pm on 10 September 2017.

To find out more, or to apply for an independent Non-Executive Board position with the LFA, visit http://www.londonfa.com/more/about-london-fa/board-of-directors or Twitter @LondonFA.