Course overview

Developed and delivered in conjunction with football’s equality and inclusion organisation, Kick It Out, The Inclusive Leadership in Football Award is a self-paced, online learning course that introduces learners to a range of issues related to equality, diversity, and inclusion in football.

Designed for existing and aspiring leaders across a range of football contexts, this five-module course introduces learners to the relationship between football and society, core concepts associated with equality, diversity, and inclusion, law and policy in the context of EDI, the problematic nature of words and behaviour, and the power of change. Based around a series of micro-lectures, tasks, and quizzes, the course gives learners the opportunity to apply their understanding in a final, tutor-assessed project.

With an alumni-base that includes, among others, learners from the Football Association, Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association, Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Chelsea FC, Southampton FC, West Ham United FC, The Inclusive Leadership in Football Award has become an important tool in supporting the game’s stakeholders to take their equality responsibilities seriously.


I have all this new-found knowledge; I’m ready to put it into action, so I can do my bit to make the football industry a more inclusive place for all.

Lead co-ordinator for EDI, Premier League club


Football and Society

In this module you’ll learn about the relationships between football and race, sex and gender, sexual identity, disability and religion, and the challenges that these characteristics can present for members of minority groups.

Core Concepts

In this module you’ll learn about the core concepts of equality, diversity, and inclusion, and what they mean for organisations in practice.

Law and Policy

In this module you’ll be introduced to the different types of law that are used to deal with hate and discrimination, The Equality Act (2010), and the nine protected characteristics.

Words and Behaviours

In this module you’ll learn about the important role that language and vocabulary plays in the workplace and the effects that poor use of language and associated behaviours can have on others.

Leading Change in EDI

In this module you’ll consider how leaders might understand change, how they might plan for changes to their working practices and, crucially, how they might implement those changes to improve a certain aspect of their provision in the context of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

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The course has encouraged me to reflect personally on how I can support colleagues and drive positive change in my organisation, in the pursuit of a more inclusive grassroots football environment.

County FA development officer

Course Outcomes

Designed for existing and aspiring leaders across a range of football contexts, by the end of the course learners should be able to:

  • Identify the ways in which race, sex, sexual identity, disability, and religion might influence access to, and experience of, football in a range of contexts.
  • Define the concepts of equality, diversity, and inclusion, and apply them to a range of football-related scenarios.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the law and policy as it relates to equality, diversity, and inclusion within football.

  • Recognise the role that language and behaviour play in the context of equality, diversity, and inclusion in a range of football-related settings.

  • Demonstrate leadership skills in applying knowledge and understanding developed during the course to propose a strategy that could contribute to meaningful change in the context of equality, diversity, and inclusion in football.

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Some of the most insightful and reflective pieces for me included those on positive action and the power of language, including the controversial topic of banter. The discussions and learning taken from this has shaped the way I approach situations and plan for the future both personally and professionally.

Lead co-ordinator for EDI, Premier League club

Course Delivery

This online course is self-paced and will take approximately 20 hours to complete. Learners will have to successfully pass each module assessment to gain access to the next module. Upon successful completion of all five assessments, learners will automatically receive their course certificate.

Once you have completed your purchase, you will receive email confirmation from which you will be able to immediately access the course and start learning.


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