[UK] Kick It Out statement
Friday 19 Oct 2012
On the eve of Kick It Out's first round of fixtures to celebrate its annual One Game, One Community weeks of action, the campaign is heartened and encouraged by the support of not only high-profile and well-respected people within the game, but groups and individuals at all levels of football, and external partners and supporters too.
As a small campaigning charity, we rely on people's goodwill and time to help reaffirm our message of football for all, irrespective of colour, creed, background, age, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
The past 12 months has seen our area of work become mainstream news in a way not witnessed for many seasons. During this, certain myths and misinformation about Kick It Out's remit have been laid down.
Kick It Out works in partnership with the game's governing bodies, representative bodies, leagues, clubs, players and supporters to raise awareness about inequality and discrimination.
This is done through our Mentoring and Leadership Project, our work with the Gypsy Roma Traveller community, our work in tackling antisemitism, our seminars on faith, our work in increasing Asian participation in the game, and our work in Young Offenders Institutes and community settings.
We are not a decision-making organisation with power and resource as some people think, and can only work effectively in the context of these partnerships. We want to look forward to the weeks of action, but crucially beyond that, to ensure we can assist the decision makers in bringing swift, decisive action to perpetrators of discrimination.
We thank everyone involved for their continued support and look forward to a successful weeks of action.
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"Everyone needs to step up to the plate and say enough is enough and stamp discrimination out. Kick It Out has my full support."
Tony Bellew, WBO light heavyweight title contender