It’s now more than 18 months since Middlesbrough Football Club formalised our campaign to promote diversity, equality, and inclusion within the football club, at the Riverside Stadium and across the Teesside region.
As a club, we are proud of the progress that has been made and are committed to continuing that progress, making the Riverside both welcoming and accessible for all.
Below is a timeline of the achievements of RiverSideBySide so far.
Middlesbrough Football Club and MFC Foundation become part of the Safer Places Scheme.
MFC/MFCF become a Dementia Friendly Club.
New Matchday Sensory Room opens at the Riverside Stadium.
RiversideBySide is officially launched at the Riverside for the Premier League fixture against Arsenal.
Achievement of Preliminary Level of the Premier League Equality Standard, with an independent panel commending "the club-wide commitment to equality" and "struck by the synergy between the work of the club, Academy, and Foundation.” Developments that led to the Equality Standard included:
- Refurbishing disabled toilet facilities at the Riverside
- Installing new hearing loops in key locations
- Installing Changing Places facility in the West Stand
- Amending recruitment policy and practices to align with equality best practice
- Ensuring new club website is compliant with AA standard
- Increasing focus on equality and diversity in staff training
- Completing both staff and supporter surveys to establish current levels of diversity
- Launching new matchday commentary service for fans who are visually impaired
MFC Foundation’s Club Together team competes in Refugee World Cup in Leicester.
Audio Descriptive Commentary launches within the Riverside in conjunction with the Teesside University Media Department.
Kick It Out Day for fixture against Preston North End at the Riverside Stadium, one of first to be arranged for 2017/18 season across the EFL.
Refugees from MFC Foundation's Club Together programme visit Rockliffe Park.
Deaf Awareness Training for frontline staff.
MFC become a Disability Confident Committed Club, working towards becoming Disability Confident Employer.
Inaugural Dementia Tour of the Riverside.
BSL Sign Language Training for all club and MFC Foundation staff.
MFC and First Team players and staff support MFC Foundation's Week Of Action.
MFC work with Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day.
Inaugural Deaf and Hard of Hearing Tour of the Riverside.
MFC become first professional club to support Come Out To Play LGBT campaign.
Initial meeting with Boro Fusion, BAME fan group.
Emergency Services join together at the Riverside to sign a Strategic Document supporting Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough.
Boro First Team squad make Christmas visits to the Teesside community.
Managers’ training session on Unconscious Bias.
Tony Pulis becomes Patron for Show Racism The Red Card.
Multi-Faith Prayer Room opens at the Riverside.
Britt Assombalonga And Patrick Bamford Visit Premier League Kicks session with MFC Foundation.
MFC/MFCF named Yorkshire & North East Checkatrade Community Club of The Year.
Rudy Gestede is guest speaker at MFC Foundation girls' football session.
Boro Under-23s make community visits with MFC Foundation.
MFC's Changing Places facility registered with Middlesbrough Council.
MFC/MFC Foundation support EFL’s Day of Action in the local community.
Academy Awareness weekend in association with Kick it Out.
MFC become first club to hold a Mini Mela at a football stadium.
NUR Fitness Group visits Rockliffe Park.
MFC make Easter community visits, including to MAIN - Taking Autism Personally.
MFC working towards Premier League Intermediate Level Equality Standard.