‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ changes its name to Kick It Out in 1997 as The Football Association (FA), Premier League, Football Foundation and PFA fund the organisation. On being formally constituted, Ben Tegg and Piara Powar became Kick It Out’s first two members of staff.

‘There was no occasion, no fanfare. Just the two of us in an office in the Business Design Centre, Islington. The first thing we did was write to all 92 professional clubs introducing who we were, and what we aimed to do, and that we were now being backed by the game’s governing bodies. We got five replies.

‘Within six months, however, we were swamped by the media. The clubs, slowly but surely, began to come on board, with a geographical trend quickly emerging. If one club from say, the north west, was seen with the Kick It Out t-shirts on, we’d get calls from other clubs in that area so as not to fall behind to local rivals. The campaign began to take on a global significance too. What we were doing was, after all, quite unique.’ Ben Tegg

‘My first international kit was an extra large men’s kit, it was ridiculous. I was a little 17-year-old kid and I didn’t care that you couldn’t see any part of me, it was a big kit. I was astounded I got one cap and if I never played again then it would have been fantastic to get just that one cap.’

Rachel Yankey on gaining her first full international cap for England Women in 1997