The content of The Inclusive Leadership in Football Award has been written in accordance with UK Legislation. The course is available to be taken anywhere in the world, but legislation will differ from country to country.

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.


Being a part of the course was a real eye opener for me. It has been a part of my journey to where I am today

Arran WilliamsED&I Manager, PGMOL


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 TILIFA Course is a fantastic way of developing your practice by helping you understand the protected characteristics and then bringing them to life using high profile case studies and personal experiences. Not often does a CPD opportunity have that much potential!

Tony FretwellWomen’s Super League Academy Manager, The FA

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.

The Inclusive Leadership in Football Award is accredited by The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). Delegates who successfully complete the course will be awarded 10 CIMSPA CPD points.

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I cannot recommend The Inclusive Leadership in Football Award highly enough. I learnt so much about the importance of leading on inclusion and making it a cornerstone of everything I do. The course is really interactive and very relevant.

Steve SmithiesCEO Cheshire FA

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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Taking part in TILIFA has had a very positive influence on my perspective of equality related situations. The course reignited my passion for all things equality in the world of football and since completing the course I have gone on to take a Development Managers role within my County FA. This course is a must!

Jade HarkerDevelopment Manager, Sussex County FA


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