One of the things I learned very quickly about Charlton Athletic Football Club is that the club has a proud history of inclusion and fighting inequality." – Thomas Sandgaard, Charlton Athletic Owner, 2021
Charlton Athletic Football Club has a strong history of promoting equality and tackling discrimination. In the 1990s, alongside Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), the club set up a unique network with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and local community groups – the Charlton Athletic Race & Equality (CARE) Partnership - to work with local disadvantaged communities.
Since then, CACT has worked proudly with Charlton Athletic to become an inclusive club engaging with a diverse range of under-represented groups, including: Charlton Athletic Women, the Charlton Upbeats (a programme for people with Down's syndrome), Extra Time (project for older people), a Sports and Arts community engagement programme in partnership with the local Muslim Community, Greenwich Islamic Centre and Woolwich Barracks; and, launching the first ever LGBTQI+ football team to formally affiliate to a professional club in the UK.