Inclusivity and Equality


Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) 
Every county FA has an Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) in place to help the FA to support more inclusive environments for people to participate across our footballing communities.
The IAG helps to support CFA on the ways to reach people who may feel excluded or find it difficult to access football. This could be on the basis of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity.
Every IAG is different depending on specific demographics and priorities. The IAG works to raise awareness of inclusion matters, support solutions to break down barriers to participation and help CFA build on some of the important work already taking place across the County around the inclusion agenda.
Nottinghamshire FA are always looking for new members to join their IAG, Members may represent or have a working knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
  • Women’s and girls’ football
  • Disability football
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic football
  • LGBT football
If you would like to apply or for further information please contact Sophie Swanwick (Disability, Inclusion & Equality)

Meanwhile, there also many programmes across football which support our aims as part of The FA and County FAs wider inclusion programmes, which we will continue to deliver. You can find out about these and many more on The FA’s website.

 Kick it Out can also offer support – further details here - Online Reporting Form | Kick It Out



What are the next steps in the process?

Once the Nottinghamshire FA receive a report, we will then start their investigation. We will seek observations from other witnesses in order to obtain as clear a picture as possible. At the end of an investigation a decision will be made, in consultation with The FA, as to whether a charge should be raised.

Find out more about our process


When will I hear back about my grievance?

The Nottinghamshire FA will aim to keep you well informed on the progress of the report. We will not discuss the details of the case with any witness during the investigation in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation.


Who will get in touch with me to follow up on my case?

 The Nottinghamshire FA will maintain contact with you to progress the case.


How long does the process usually take?

This is very much dependent on the complexity of the case. No two cases are the same, however, we prioritise cases appropriately and the process is overseen by The FA to ensure matters are progressed as efficiently as possible.

Can I follow my case online to see updates?

No. These details are private and confidential, but we will keep you informed appropriately.



Who do I contact if I have questions about my case?

The Nottinghamshire FA and/or any other related County FAs. However, we will not be able to discuss details of the case with any party in order to maintain the integrity of the case. We will however be able to give you an expected timeline.

What are the potential outcomes of my case?


If there is insufficient evidence to determine whether a case is likely to succeed, there may be no further action. This is why the Nottinghamshire FA will fully investigate the case to ensure they can obtain as much information as possible in order to reach the correct outcome.

A case when charged will then go to a hearing and a Discipline Commission will determine whether the case is Proven or Not Proven on the Balance of Probability.

For any Proven case, the person responsible would receive a suspension, fine and be required to undertake a mandatory education programme.

 What if I don't agree with the outcome, can I appeal?

Appeals can be made either by the person charged or The FA.


Is my case anonymous?

In any fair disciplinary process, whether in Sport or in civil cases, any person charged for an offence has the right to be able to challenge the statements. Therefore, statements cannot be taken anonymously. The process however will ensure the evidence can be presented in a safe environment.


What do we do with the data during and post the process?

The data is stored within our legal requirements and in accordance with GDPR. Follow the link below to view our data policies:

view the fa privacy policy

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