Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League Top of the table win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday was dedicated to the work of Kick It Out as the organisation marks its 25th anniversary this season.
For the past two-and-a-half decades, Kick It Out has been at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.
Formed as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, the organisation – which works alongside partners including The FA, the Premier League, the English Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation – continues to fight all forms of discrimination in the game.
Kick It Out provides a clear, independent voice within the game to challenge discrimination and exclusion, as well as education for professional players, clubs, fans and grassroots organisations.
It also offers mentoring and guidance to help underrepresented groups participate in football and secure opportunities to develop a career in the game, and has established an equality framework for professional clubs to support the development of equality practices and policies and enabled more effective reporting and investigating of complaints of discriminatory abuse through its pioneering app.
The campaign for equality continues throughout the 2018-19 season and beyond, challenging discrimination and playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves football.
“For all those at the game today who work for and represent Kick It Out, be it as full-time staff or volunteers, we are all incredibly grateful for the work you do in trying to make football better for everyone.
“When we wear the T-shirts, see the slogans on the LEDs and hear the public-address system announcements it’s important to remember this is just a small part of it and the effort we have made collectively must be constant.
“We all have a part to play and it’s important we do so.” – Jordan Henderson, Liverpool Captain.
Kick it out won the Community Organisation Award for Race at the 2018 National Diversity Awards in Liverpool!
Source – www . Liverpool Football Club . com