The Standard, which was reviewed by the Premier League in 2015 to replace and build on Kick It Out’s Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs, has been designed to reflect current equality legislation and case law, and provides a framework to guide professional football clubs towards achieving equality, ranking them Preliminary, Intermediate or Advanced.
To achieve the Advanced Level of the Premier League Equality Standard, clubs undergo an assessment led by a panel of independent experts and must demonstrate that they are committed to a cycle of continuous improvement with regards to equality, and that it is mainstreamed throughout their organisation.
Following Manchester City’s assessment earlier this month, the panel commended the Club’s palpable enthusiasm and commitment to furthering equality and diversity and noted the close alignment between the Club’s philosophy and inclusion.
Commenting on the achievement, Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City, said: “At Manchester City we are driven by a passionate belief that football’s values of performance, teamwork and sportsmanship can empower people to lead better lives, and have made a commitment to ensuring that equality and diversity is embedded at every level within the Club.
"We are delighted that Manchester City has achieved the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard, and look forward to building on our work in this area to continue to demonstrate that football is for everyone.”
Bill Bush, Premier League Executive Director, added: “The Premier League congratulates Manchester City on achieving the coveted Advanced Level of the Premier League Equality Standard.
“The Standard's assessment process is rigorous and extremely challenging, and the award reflects Manchester City's significant progress, over a period of several years, in promoting and embedding equality and diversity across the whole club.”