Following a successful series last year, Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and Football Club (CAFC) are excited to be launching a free Equality, Diversity & Inclusion webinar series titled Tackling Inequality: Looking ahead in these new & challenging times. In partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the English Football League (EFL), the series held via Zoom will kick off with four sessions taking place in December. The webinars will be exploring the themes of: Race and Ethnicity, Transgender Inclusion, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, and Allyship.
Adam Matthews, Charlton Athletic’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Equalities Ambassador, commented:
"As Charlton's PFA Equalities Ambassador, I'm proud to endorse the next series of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion webinars from 1 December. The webinars provide important opportunities to learn about a wide range of subjects, from a great range of speakers”.
The first series proved incredibly popular last year with over 850 attendees in total, and nearly all sessions were oversubscribed. One of the participants from last year’s sessions said:
“I have attended several of these webinars. I would just like to say how impressive I have found them. They have been well-structured, extremely educational and informative and the speakers have been excellent”.
Over the past 18 months the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on particular groups and communities, including older people, those with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, women, and other disadvantaged communities, which further highlights the urgent need to tackle discrimination and inequalities. There is now widespread recognition that a lot more needs to be done to address these ongoing, deep-rooted disparities.
Dr Michael Seeraj, CACT and Charlton Athletic’s Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said:
“I am delighted and really excited to confirm the launch of our next EDI webinar series. The series is designed to provide greater insight and understanding of a range of current themes relating to tackling inequality and promoting inclusion, particularly the challenges faced by disadvantaged communities and underrepresented groups.
“The purpose of our webinar series is to support staff, communities, partners, and different stakeholders to stay up to date with the latest developments and Good Practice, in order to work together and help contribute to finding effective ways forward, in these new and challenging times – which is undoubtedly more important now, than ever before.”
Please see below for more details about the webinars and click here to book your place:
Thursday 2 December 2021 @ 11:00am
Dr Ben Colliver & Naomi Reid
Tuesday 7 December 2021 @ 11:00am
Dr Leroi Henry & Dr Kenisha Linton
Wednesday 8 December 2021 @ 2:00pm
Gary Ginnaw & Sam Timms
Thursday 9 December 2021 @ 2:00pm
Dr Roger Hutton