The Essex Senior League promoted the messages of Kick It Out for the second consecutive season as three clubs hosted dedicated fixtures on Saturday 21 April.

The day, supported by Kick It Out's Grassroots Activity Fund, saw all three clubs endorse equality and inclusion through the use of resources such as t-shirts and flags, and encouraging members of the local community to attend the fixtures. This proved to be successful as West Essex, FC Romania and Sporting Bengal all enjoyed an increase on normal attendance figures.

The Kick It Out message of inclusion and anti-discrimination was raised throughout the day’s events with attendees welcomed and integrated into the activities run by each club.

The home teams all had a day to remember as they collected wins against their opposition. West Essex comfortably defeated Wadham Lodge in their fixture 5-1, with FC Romania beating Tower Hamlets 3-1.

At Oakside, it was Sporting Bengal who came out on top against Redbridge, defeating the visitors 2-1 to secure their highest ever points total within the division.

Speaking after the fixtures, Michelle Dorling, Secretary of the Essex Senior League, was thrilled with how the matches showed the league’s commitment to promoting equality and inclusion.

“The three matches were selected because the clubs had experienced discriminatory incidents at some point in the past. The League works hard to break down these barriers as ultimately we are all here to encourage and grow the game we love.

"During the day, there seemed to be enjoyment from all whom attended the selected Kick It Out fixtures, in particular the young people and the playing staff. It was a joy to see and went some way to show the success of the model we use on our Kick It Out events.”