Inclusion Advisory Group
Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG)
Every county FA has an Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) in place to help the FA to support more inclusive environments for people to participate across our footballing communities. The IAG helps to support CFA on the ways to reach people who may feel excluded or find it difficult to access football. This could be on the basis of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity. Every IAG is different depending on specific demographics and priorities. Here in Cornwall we recognise that the rural nature of Cornwall sometimes makes it hard for individuals to access football, with very different diversity profiling to that of highly populated inner city areas. The IAG works to raise awareness of inclusion matters, support solutions to break down barriers to participation and help CFA build on some of the important work already taking place across the County around the inclusion agenda.
What is inclusion?
Really simply, it means treating people openly, honestly, with respect and according to their needs, so people feel they are engaged and a welcomed part of our footballing community.
David Haigh – IAG Chair
David is the former managing director of Leeds United and Chairman of Leeds United Ladies. He is an international human rights lawyer and crisis manger focusing on justice and equality in the Middle East.
He brings a wealth of experience and insight to the IAG. Since leaving Leeds United and retuning to his childhood home David has focused on grassroots football and joined the board of Penzance AFC in 2016. During David’s leadership of Leeds United he saw the club become the first Stonewall diversity champion in English Football championing LGBT equality within the club and football. In 2017 David partnered with the English Football League, LGBT publishing magnate and Labour party lead equality advisor Linda Riley to launch "ComeOut2Play" to show support for gay professional football players. The campaign broke social media records receiving the support of over 50 million in three weeks. David has a specific focus on LGBT matters and promoting diversity in Cornish Football
Laura Hodsdon – IAG Member
Laura moved from Oxford to Cornwall in 2017 to join her husband working at Falmouth University. Laura is a researcher focusing on inequality. Prior to this Laura worked on equality and diversity research and policy at the University of Oxford, looking at race and gender equality and implicit bias; she is also an ILM Level 5 accredited coach and has delivered Springboard Women's Development Programmes. Laura is a passionate member of the IAG advocating the positive role that sport can play in people’s lives and breaking down the barriers and assumptions present in society so that everyone can take part.
Brian Baker – IAG Member
Brian is currently a member of the CFA Council and also the Board of Directors. He has been involved with sport and football in a variety of roles over many years and is a well know figure across the County having come from a teaching background. Brian is passionate about inclusion and equal opportunities for everyone. He believes "Sport for All " should be an entitlement in all societies and he is an active member on the IAG focusing on enhancing the range of football opportunities for all within our County.
Richard Pallot – IAG Member
Richard is the Governance Manager at CFA and has supported the development of the IAG. He plays an important role advising the IAG around governance issues and keeping the group aligned to FA requirements and initiatives. Richard is responsible for ensuring the rules and regulations of The FA and County FA are upheld and enforced as well as leading on disciplinary matters. Richard is a valued member of the IAG with valuable input also from a workforce perspective.
Steve Flack – IAG Member
Steve was a former player with Wimbledon F.C, with a wealth of playing and coaching experience in Belgium, Finland, U.S.A and at Woking Football Club. Steve has worked across a variety of roles within football from senior to junior clubs in the South East and Cornwall. He currently works as a P.E teacher at Probus Primary School. Steve is an active member of the footballing community at grassroots level in Cornwall and brings a strong diversity and inclusion background to the IAG.
Nikki Perryman – IAG Member
Nikki has a real passion for inclusion through grassroots delivery of football managing the Cornwall dis-Ability Football League and acting as a leading force in hosting the inclusive FA People’s Cup event. Nikki is also involved with Troon dis-Ability FC. She has a real passion for making a difference and has a wealth of experience to offer the IAG around accessible information, communication and participation.