Tranmere Rovers are the first Football League club to qualify for the Kick It Out Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs.

The Equality Standard encourages awareness around six key areas of diversity; race, religion, age, gender, disability, and sexual orientation.

The club have been working alongside Kick It Out to meet the criteria of the award which requires the club to show how it reflects the local community during match days and at outreach programmes.

Additionally a public commitment to equality within the club must be made and Tranmere were required to appoint a Disability Liaison Officer.

Tranmere Rovers' Community Manager Steve Williams said: "We led the long but enjoyable process on behalf of the club.

"It took 12 months of hard work and when we found out that we had qualified for the award it was so satisfying.

"Being the first club in the Football League to achieve the award is fantastic for Tranmere, the entire club is just really made up."

Piara Power, Director of Kick it Out, said: "It is a great achievement for the club and illustrates that Tranmere are campaigning to tackle discrimination within the local community.

"We will continue to work with the club on equality developments to ensure that equality of opportunity, inclusion and fair treatment are at the heart of what they do."

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