The Leyton Orient Fans For Diversity Hub has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Fan Engagement by Club’ accolade at the Football Business Awards 2017.

The hub, launched in August 2016, offers football enthusiasts from the local community the opportunity to learn more about the east London club, as well as Fans For Diversity’s key messages of equality and inclusion.

Fans For Diversity is a joint campaign between Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation, that targets a number of fan initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion across the professional and non-league game.

Supported through the Fans For Diversity Fund and a donation from First Class Facilities Management, the hub welcomed over 20 local community groups to enjoy the matchday experience in a safe, welcoming environment over the course of the 2016/17 season.

Groups to use the hub included a local Asian Women’s group, a cohort from the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade and Dementia Friends alongside a host of other local community groups and teams.

This is the second year that Kick It Out has been shortlisted for an award at the Football Business Awards after collecting the Best/Most Innovative Use of Technology Award in 2016.

The hub will up against competition from some of the biggest clubs in Britain including Arsenal, Liverpool and Rangers.

To find out more on the Football Business Awards 2017, click here.