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Manchester hosts IAB as Paul Elliot joins FA Council

Fri 10th Oct 2014 | Football Governance

The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) joined its Manchester counterparts this week at Old Trafford.

The board came together to discuss some of the game's current issues around equality, inclusion and discrimination. 

It was the first IAB meeting away from Wembley as part of the group's commitment to go 'on the road' and offered the chance to meet the Manchester IAB, led by former PFA chair Clarke Carlisle. 

The FA IAB also confirmed Paul Elliott as a new FA council member where he joins fellow IAB member, Rimla Akhtar.

IAB chair Heather Rabbatts welcomed the appointment. 

She said: "Real diversity can only come with representation and I'm confident Paul will relay some of the key agenda items from the IAB to his new colleagues on the council. He has a huge amount to offer."

Colin Bridgford, CEO from Manchester County FA, was equally positive about the meeting.

He said: "To meet with the FA IAB gave us a tremendous opportunity to share both the challenges and successes that we have faced within the initial eight months of our own County FA IAB.

"The commitment to tackling all forms of discrimination within the game is clear to see and I praise and thank them for their commitment to supporting not just our own group, but County FA’s generally.

"The meeting helped our members focus on the challenges ahead and as CEO it was pleasing to see the interaction and passion of both organisations."

Current issues such as the coaching pathway for black and Asian coaches, in light of the recent Rooney Rule debate were discussed, as well as updates on the IAB's work on gender, LGBT, mental health and disability access work.

The IAB meets again in January at Brighton and Hove Albion FC.

Image: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff

Posted by: Kev Howland 


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