The English Football League (EFL) have recognised Reading with a bronze status for their EFL Equality Code of Practice rating.

Launched in 2012, the EFL’s Equality Code of Practice is an accreditation scheme which will see every one of the 72 Clubs assessed on their equality, diversity and inclusion practices.

Separated into Gold, Silver and Bronze, the Royals were joined by: Birmingham City; Bradford City; Bristol Rovers; Cambridge United; Carlisle United; Colchester United; Crewe Alexandra; Derby County; Harrogate Town; Hull City; Ipswich Town; Leyton Orient; Mansfield Town; Northampton Town; Queens Park Rangers; Rotherham United; Sheffield Wednesday: Wycombe Wanderers.

Watford, Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City, Salford City, MK Dons, Charlton Athletic, Preston North End, Lincoln City and Middlesbrough all achieved Silver status, while Watford and Huddersfield Town have both submitted applications to be assessed for Gold status.

EFL Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, David McArdle said: “Our 72 Clubs represent people from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds and its absolutely vital that they are representative of those communities whether that be on the pitch, in the boardroom or in the stands.