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BAFA statement on Black Lives Matter movement

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Update from Chief Executive Pete Ackerley

British American football stands together with our whole community against any form of racism, discrimination or inequality.

As an organisation, we are absolutely committed to championing diversity and inclusion, and ensuring anyone can be part of our great game and all voices are heard equally. We have a strong, supportive and inclusive board, and a zero-tolerance policy towards any discrimination. As part of our strategy, we have also been working hard over the past three months to create two important new groups that will help us listen to, and better understand, different people across our game, representative of a wide range of backgrounds. Now feels like the right moment to announce these groups – the Inclusion Advisory Board and the Athlete’s Commission – and further details will follow in the next 7-10 days.

Yet events over the past week or so and the Black Lives Matter movement have clearly and definitively shown us that more can be done to overcome racism and discrimination across society and in sport, and we know that we can and should do more as an organisation. More to ensure those from BAME backgrounds have a greater voice. More to ensure everyone is included. And more to confront discrimination.

There are no quick fixes or easy answers, and the process will take time and be ongoing. I feel that right now we must listen and seek understanding to establish what needs to happen next to ensure genuine change. But it’s also incredibly important that as the governing body for American football in Britain we take this opportunity to restate our unwavering commitment to stand against racism and hate, and to remove all inequality from our game.

We stand together as British American football.

Pete Ackerley, BAFA Chief Executive

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