The English Premier League will introduce mandatory sexual consent training for all players and staff

The English Premier League will introduce mandatory sexual consent training for all players and staff

The English Premier League is to launch a mandatory sexual consent training course that all players and staff across the 20 clubs must attend.

It comes after successful lobbying by various groups following a rise in allegations against Premier League players, according to The Telegraph.

The league consulted and discussed the new rules with three organizations – End Violence for Women, Three Hijabis and Level Up.

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Credit: News Images LTD / Alamy Stock Photo

The Premier League already had workshops on consent and sexual harassment, but they were only offered to academy and first-team players from under-14 to under-23.

End Violence Against Women Coalition director Andre Simon said in a statement, via the BBC: “Today’s announcement is a long overdue and important first step in the right direction.

“Gender-based violence is a pervasive and systemic problem that needs to be addressed across the football industry as a whole, with urgent and coordinated action.”

The three organizations had written an open letter earlier this year calling on the FA and the Premier League to address the spate of allegations and a “culture of gender-based violence”.

The letter said: “It is clear that our beautiful game has an ugly underside when it comes to violence against women.

It added: “It is time for the FA and the Premier League to confront a culture of gender-based violence.”

The groups said the FA and Premier League needed to “show which side they are on when it comes to violence against women and girls”, and explained how changing attitudes within football could have a wider impact on society.

“Football players and the teams they play for are in a unique position to shape the attitudes of boys and men,” the letter continued.

“Their behavior both on and off the pitch is influential and transforming the culture of football will have a seismic impact on wider society.”

It seems that the calls from the organizations have now been rightly answered.

In addition to the mandatory training, the coalition has asked clubs to “adopt clear sexual misconduct guidelines and protocols” to tackle issues surrounding unacceptable behaviour.

Level Up co-director Seyi Falodun-Liburd said: “This is a defining moment for football. The Premier League is finally starting to recognize the huge influence this sport has on our culture and our individual behaviour.”

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