FAW chief executive Noel Mooney insists “the Welsh football family must work collectively” to fulfil the objectives of the governing body’s five-year strategy to make the game inclusive for everyone.

Through its Pawb – Everyone Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strategy, the Football Association of Wales wants to create a safe and inclusive environment for people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, age or background.

The FAW has been working to provide a safe and enjoyable football experience by widening access, reducing inequality and encouraging more females, disabled people and people from ethnically diverse communities to play and participate in football.

Earlier this year, the FAW set out a vision for Welsh football in the ‘Our Wales’ strategic plan, in which the PAWB strategy is an integral part of its objectives.

The FAW also recently implemented all 80 recommendations of an independent organisational review entitled ‘A Sustainable Association for the Future’ that will result in key governance changes.

“The Football Association of Wales’s 2021-2026 strategy ‘Our Wales’ maps out the path ahead for Welsh football to reach its true potential and we're proud to introduce PAWB, the FAW’s new vision and strategic plan for equality, diversity and inclusion,” said Mooney.

“Our ambition is clear, we want to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, everywhere in Wales regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, age or background.

“To achieve this, the Welsh football family must work collectively to ensure all people from Welsh society see football as an activity they can play, coach, officiate, spectate or volunteer in and, most importantly, enjoy while striving to be the best version of themselves.

“We want to become a leading football nation for equality, diversity and inclusion at a global and local level.

“Achieving the PAWB objectives by 2026 will set us on the path to realising our long-term vision in making football the most inclusive, accessible and successful sport in Wales.”

The four key priority themes and objectives of Pawb – Everyone are:

  • Education & Awareness: Increase the awareness and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the football family in Wales.
  • Equality & Diversity: Increase the access and opportunities in football for underrepresented groups to ensure a representative, diverse, inclusive and accessible game.
  • Report & Challenge: To improve the confidence and process of reporting discriminatory incidents, while proactively challenging discriminatory attitudes and behaviour.
  • Listen & Understand: Listen and engage with underrepresented groups and better understand the Welsh football profile by gathering comprehensive equality data.