In August 2016, Kick It Out and the Premier League launched the Equality Inspires Award, presented to clubs who complete a sufficient number of Equality Inspires workshops with their Academy sides throughout the relevant age categories.

The Equality Inspires initiative sees Kick It Out deliver equality and diversity workshops to all participants involved with the Premier League's Academy Programme - including players, club staff and parents or guardians.

Clubs will have a two-year timeframe to complete these workshops and gain the award.

In announcing the award, Martyn Heather, Head of Education at the Premier League, said: "The Equality Inspires Award is a great way for the Premier League and Kick It Out to acknowledge the hard work our clubs are undertaking when it comes to education around equality and inclusion, both in the classroom and on the football pitch.

"The introduction of this award will encourage our clubs to strive and work even harder in teaching and preparing their young players for the next step in their careers, and it will help them to know that their parents/carers have gone through the same workshops."

Troy Townsend, Education Manager at Kick It Out, added: "We're delighted to have such strong ties with the Premier League and its clubs.

"With so much good work going on at clubs we felt it was appropriate to introduce this award to showcase the education around equality and inclusion within the Academy Programme.

"Players of a young age are increasingly seen as role models now and it’s vital not only to support them but their parents and guardians too, particularly as they play such an important part in their development."

A club that successfully fulfils the stated criteria will be presented with the following:

• A personalised wall plaque presented at a nominated first team fixture
• A signed letter from Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out
• A framed Equality Inspires certificate
• Website press release and announcement to be hosted on Kick It Out, Premier League and club websites

For further information, please contact Kick It Out's Education Manager, Troy Townsend, via email on [email protected]