2017 sees the continuation of Kick It Out’s Call Full Time On Hate on campaign, tackling rising hatred across the UK.

As part of the campaign, Kick It Out partnered with the Home Office and True Vision – the police’s online hate crime reporting service – to release a series of informative and engaging resources that raise awareness of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) discrimination within football stadia.

ASPIRE, Kick It Out’s young ambassador group, have the opportunity to meet with FA Chairman Greg Clarke, as they continue to use their voice to provide a vital youth perspective on equality issues in football.

April sees the tragic passing of former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough player Ugo Ehiogu, then a coach at Tottenham Hotspur. Kick It Out’s National Raise Your Game conference, hosted a week later, is dedicated in his honour.

In August, referee Ryan Atkin becomes the first publicly out professional official in English football.

Ahead of the 2017/18 season, Kick It Out host a celebration evening for Chris Hughton, led by independent Trustee Garth Crooks, following his phenomenal achievement in taking Brighton and Hove Albion to the Premier League.

Kick It Out also launches a new Grassroots Activity Fund, designed to help promote inclusion in the amateur game and offering funds to anyone running events or initiative that celebrate equality and diversity in football.

In a story which continues throughout the year, Kick It Out are heavily critical of The FA for their handling of England international Eniola Aluko’s allegations of racist behaviour towards her by manager Mark Sampson.

As Kick It Out heads towards its 25th anniversary season in 2018/19, Lord Ouseley produces a report which sets out a range of actions for the football authorities to ensure discrimination, exclusion, prejudice and hatred are driven out of the game.

Attentions begin to turn towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as concerns remain about the safety of BAME and LGBT supporters and players who may be in attendance. This concern is exarcerbated by racial abuse directed at England forward Rhian Brewster whilst playing for Liverpool’s youth team against Spartak Moscow.