EDI work with Charlton Athletic

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.

In May 2020, the club hosted Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, MP Oliver Dowden ahead of the launch of the Online Safety Bill.

Click here to read the CAFC EDI Consultation Framework in full.

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