Applications are now open for the next group of students for Kick It Out's Equality and Diversity Awareness in Football Award.
The distance learning course, which was established in 2015, enhances the professional development of those aspiring to work in, or currently working in, the football industry.
To download the form to apply, please click here.
The pioneering award, run in partnership with Southampton Solent University, can not only advance career progression but also help improve equality and diversity in the workplace.
Consisting of six units, it educates the future leaders of football on Kick It Out's work within all sectors of the game as the organisation seeks to develop inclusive practices.
The course is tutored by academics at Southampton Solent University, who offer one-on-one support until completion. Experts in equality and diversity within football are also on hand to advise.
Previous students include former footballers and managers, as well as full-time educational workers within the game.
Osei Sankofa, Education Officer at Kick It Out and a graduate of the award, said: "This course is perfect for anybody looking to further their understanding of equality and inclusion issues within the football industry.
"It also serves as a valuable tool in helping to reflect on existing practices and procedures."
The next course begins on Monday 15 October.
What do previous students say?
"The course allowed me to explore some serious issues within football and society and delve deeper into the problems, solutions and positive practice in relation to equality and diversity." – Kiran Dingri, London South East Colleges
"It was very thought provoking and informative and will certainly help me within my role of leading our Community Trust and also managing our team of staff. I would recommend anyone wanting to learn more about equality & diversity to register for future courses." – Jon Holloway, Head of Trust at Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust
"As a manager working with a small department and a number of learners within our educational setting, it has made me think more about every individual who falls within this. It has made me think more about what adjustments could be made to ensure that everyone is being catered for."
- Mark Crossfield, Education Officer at Barnsley FC Reds in the Community
How do you apply?
To apply, you must meet the following requirements:
- You should be working or volunteering within the football industry, or studying full-time for a qualification related to work in football.
- You must be able to commit to completing 8 to 15 hours of work online across six to eight weeks between October and December.
- For more information and to apply, send an application form with a 500-word statement on why you want to study the course to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a copy of some photo ID (passport or driving license).
The deadline for applications is Sunday 16 September.