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Inclusion Strategy Advisory Group

Norfolk County FA have recently set up their first Inclusion Strategy Advisory Group (ISAG). The ISAG’s focus will be to check, challenge and support the County FA on the #NorfolkFootball ForAll strategy with regards to inclusion, equality and diversity. From this the group will aid the County FA in the following:

  • Building good relationships with, and between, all our communities to ensure that all football participants are represented equally and have a recognised voice
  • Eliminating discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation and any form of abuse
  • Being at the forefront to advancing equality of opportunity amongst all our communities as well as having a focus on protected characteristics

The group is made up of volunteers who have experience in and/or have a passion for equality, diversity and inclusion. 

If you are interested in joining the group, please complete the expression of interest form by clicking here. We also ask that any expression of interest submission is accompanied by completing the Equality and Diversity monitoring form, which can be found here. If you would like further information on the group, please contact Senior Football Development Officer (Inclusion), Rachel Cossey, on Rachel.Cossey@NorfolkFA.com.

At the bottom of this page please find the ISAG's Terms of Reference.

ISAG Members

Ken is the Norfolk County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer. Ken also founded a local youth football club and is still the Club Welfare Officer of this club. Ken has a vast amount of experience in anti-discrimination. 

Jimmy is a course leader and lecturer at City College Norwich. He has previously worked with the FA National football teams including a number of disability squads in a sports science support capacity. Jimmy is also the University and College’s (UCU) union equality officer and branch Chair. 

Tim is a Norfolk FA registered referee who refereed at the Cerebral Palsy World Games. He is also the Chairman of the Norwich Referee Association. He is a player at Proud Canaries FC and works for NANSA as a support worker and session co-ordinator. He has previously worked as a learner mentor at Easton and Otley College.

Di is the co-founder and organiser of Proud Canaries. She is the former and current Chair of Pride in Football and co-founder and organiser of Three Lions Pride. She is also the director of football at Proud Canaries FC and ex 11-a-side and 7-a-side player. 

Karen is the League Secretary and Respect Officer for the Norfolk Combined Youth League, which is the biggest youth football league in Norfolk. 

Rich works for Active Norfolk as their Development & Relationship Manager, specialising in Locality & Community Development, as well as leading the organisations work related to sports contribution to Economic Development.

Jason is a PE and community sport co-ordinator in a special educational needs school. He is a member of the S.E.N group with all S.E.N schools in Norfolk who organise events for S.E.N pupils aged 5-19 years old. 

Charles currently works for the Assist Trust. He runs groups for their members that promote independence and build confidence. He also runs a weekly football session for members of Assist Trust and manages both football teams which compete in the disability tournaments run by CSF.  

Gabriel (Gabby) is the Chairman of the Norwich District Sunday League. He is an ex-player and manager of various clubs in the Anglian Combination, Norwich District Sunday and Norfolk Veterans Leagues. One of the founding members of the Black Staff and Allies Workstream within HM Treasury.

Mark currently works for Go Geronimo CIC delivering and heading up as a provider of PE/ Sports provision opportunities for Primary schools in the Great Yarmouth area. He is involved in various community projects including walking football. He has previously played football but now his passion is coaching both football and futsal.

Sheila is a registered social worker and has worked with and for the community across London for over 36 years, predominantly within Education and Children Social Care.  She has specialised in Safeguarding Children and Inclusion.  Now living in Norfolk, she wants to continue her work in this area.