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RNFA Receive Equality Standard Award 

We are delighted to announce that the Royal Navy FA has achieved the Foundation Level of the Equality Standard for Sport.


The Equality Standard for Sport is owned by UK Sport and is a framework that assists sports organisations to widen access for under-represented individuals, groups and communities, and to reduce inequalities in sport and physical activity.

It’s built around developing both the organisation and the organisation’s services, and has four progressive levels – Foundation, Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced.

The Royal Navy FA had to show it has suitable policies and practices in place, producing a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that our organisation:


  • Demonstrates a clear commitment to equality.
  • Has a policy for equality which has been shared with stakeholders.
  • Is aware of their current profile and position in terms of equality.


This evidence has been externally assessed by an independent verifier and we are proud to have been confirmed as achieving the required standard.


Regarding the announcement, CEO Steve Johnson said:


“We are delighted to announce that the Royal Navy FA has achieved the Foundation Level of the Equality Standard for Sport. Creating a safe and inclusive environment is a key part of our strategy, ensuring the game is welcoming for all and is representative of our diverse service community”.

“Football in the Royal Navy should be open and accessible to anyone who wants to be involved, in whatever capacity and level they want to take part. Achieving the Foundation Level of the Equality Standard for Sport is an important milestone for us, but it’s just the first step and we fully intend to build on the good work driven by Ann McCaffrey Chair  RNFA IAG, Football Development Manager Kim Stenning and Vice Chair, Commander Andrew Plenty, that has got us to this position”.


Ann McCaffrey Chair of the Royal Navy FA Inclusion and Advisory Group


Everyone who has contributed to the Royal Navy Football Association being recognised by such an important accolade should be very proud. Our core values are a huge part of who we are both on and off the pitch … with respect for others being their foundation.  We have much to celebrate, many generations to thank, and I am excited about our future aspirations to make ‘the beautiful game’ more accessible to all within our Royal Naval Family’.