A busy year begins for Kick It Out with a fundraising evening hosted at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge, with thousands of pounds raised for the organisation’s newly-launched Education Programme.

In the same week, Kick It Out launches a new youth advisory group – Ambassadors Supporting and Promoting Inclusion, Respect and Equality (ASPIRE) – who offer support and guidance to the organisation on how to promote the messages of equality and inclusion to young people nationwide.

Elsewhere, Kick It Out host an 5-a-side tournament in honour of LGBT History Month at Arsenal Football Club’s Community Hub and launch a Grassroots Consultation, which reveals that 63% of players, parents and coaches believe leagues do not do enough to eradicate discrimination from the game.

The 2015/16 season ends with Kick It Out Chair, Lord Ouseley, condemning a number of antisemitic social media posts made during Tottenham Hotspur’s title-defining fixture against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Lord Ouseley’s comments come ahead of the launch of the organisation’s Klick It Out campaign, run over Euro 2016 to raise awareness of and tackle social media discrimination. Research finds that at least 22,000 discriminatory comments were sent to players, coaches and staff from the 24 teams at the tournament, with Kick It Out calling on social media platforms to do more to tackle abuse.

Later in the year, Kick It Out launches the Call Full Time On Hate campaign, with support of The FA, Premier League, English Football League and the PFA, as the organisation calls on football to unite to tackle rising hatred in society, particularly in the wake of the Brexit referendum.