Club Mission Statement
Ards Football Club undertakes to ensure that all of our players and staff can play or perform their role, free from discrimination and verbal or physical abuse of any kind. In line with this the club has adopted the policies below and makes the following statement: "Ards Football Club is an equal opportunities club and will not tolerate any form of sectarianism or racially offensive behaviour or chanting. As part of our on-going commitment to the IFA's 'Football For All' campaign, 'Kick It Out' and to equality, anyone caught making racist or sectarian comments may be arrested, prosecuted and banned from the club. If you hear any abuse of this nature, please report it to your nearest club official or call the helpline number 0800 169 9414."
UEFA 10 POINT PLAN
Furthermore, the club commits to the requirements contained in the UEFA 10 Point Plan.
The plan sets out a number of measures that clubs can take to combat the problem of racism and sectarianism:
1. Issue a statement saying the club will not tolerate racism or sectarianism, spelling out the action it will take against those engaged in racist or sectarian chanting. The statement should be printed in all match programmes and displayed permanently and prominently around the ground.
2. Make public address announcements condemning racist and sectarian chanting at matches.
3. Make it a condition for season-ticket holders that they do not take part in racist or sectarian abuse.
4. Take action to prevent the sale of racist and sectarian literature inside and around the ground.
5. Take disciplinary action against players who engage in racial or sectarian abuse.
6. Contact other clubs to make sure they understand the club’s policy on racism and sectarianism.
7. Encourage a common strategy between stewards and police for dealing with racist and sectarian abuse.
8. Remove all racist and sectarian graffiti from the ground as a matter of urgency.
9. Adopt an equal opportunities' policy in relation to employment and service provision.
10. Work with all other groups and agencies, such as the players union, supporters, schools, voluntary organisations, youth clubs, sponsors, local authorities, local businesses and police, to develop pro-active programmes and make progress to raise awareness of campaigning to eliminate racial or sectarian abuse and discrimination.
Further information on community relations, as well as the IFA's 'Football For All' and 'Kick It Out' policies is available at www.irishfa.com/the-ifa/community-relations/about