Faith in football
Education is the key to breaking down faith-related barriers in the game.
The topic is one which features more and more prominently in the news due to the increasing number of players openly talking about their faith.
Heavily influenced by the influx of foreign players in the Premier League and Football League, there has been an improved understanding of religious beliefs and how it impacts upon the careers of professional footballers.
Sadly, a number of issues surrounding antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate continue to hamper the game at all levels both domestically and internationally.
Kick It Out contributes to and hosts a number of forums at places of worship, raising the debate further around these forms of discrimination and the role played by faith in football and sport more generally.
This provides a platform for people across the game in a variety of capacities to share their experiences on how they have either encountered or overcome barriers.
Kick It Out has also released a number of faith-related educational resources and launched a film, entitled The Y-Word, looking at tackling antisemitism in football in April 2011.
Written and produced by David and Ivor Baddiel, the film features Gary Lineker, Frank Lampard and Rachel Yankey, and has been aired at stadiums throughout the country.
The campaign consulted the Community Security Trust (CST), Maccabi GB and the Shoresh Foundation throughout the process and continues to work alongside these organisations.
Kick It Out also has close links to The Football Association’s (FA) Faith in Football Working Group, the Three Faiths Forum (3FF), the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation (MWSF) and the Association of Muslim Footballers (AMF) as it strives to cover all areas of faith.
Below is some further information on the key organisations Kick It Out works with in this area.
Association of Muslim Footballers (AMF)
The Association of Muslim Footballers (AMF)
Community Security Trust (CST)
Community Security Trust (CST)
Tel: 020 8457 9999
Emergency 24 hour pager: 07659 101 668
The CST is proud of Britain’s diverse and vibrant Jewish community, and seeks to protect its many achievements from the external threats of bigotry, antisemitism and terrorism.
It provides physical security, training and advice for the protection of British Jews, and assists victims of antisemitism and monitors antisemitic activities and incidents. The CST represents British Jewry to Police, Government and media on antisemitism and security.
Maccabi GB is one of the country’s largest and most innovative Jewish charities. The organisation has a rich Jewish heritage and its name is an acronym from a verse in the Torah – ‘Mi chamocha ba-elim Hashem’ – ‘Who is like You among the heavenly powers Hashem’.
Maccabi GB provides sporting and other activities within the tenets of the Jewish faith ensuring that all participants can take a full and active part in its sporting activities, whatever their level of observance.
Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation (MWSF)
Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation
38a Station Road
Tel: 020 8427 0873
Fax: 020 8863 9370
The MWSF is a volunteer-led charity with the overarching aim to provide opportunities for women from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to participate in a variety of sports without compromising their religious or cultural values.
Three Faiths Forum (3FF)
Level Playing Field (LPF)
Chester Business Park
Tel: 01244 893584
3FF builds understanding and lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs.
The organisation runs education, engagement and action programmes that bring diverse communities together. Its main focus is in the UK, but also works internationally to create new models for intercultural cooperation, particularly in the European Union, USA and Middle East.