Educational events and initiatives
Kick It Out offers a wide range of activities to help school children, college students and university students understand about equality inclusion within football and across society.
Through the organisation’s Education Programme, schools, colleges and universities nationwide have learned and discussed the topic of discrimination and how it can be perceived and acted upon.
Interactive workshops, assemblies and presentation can be delivered to students with the option of creating bespoke lessons and activities to a specific group.
Some of the events, initiatives and outreach projects delivered already are outlined below.
UK Prisons - Fair Play Week
For the first time since the inception of the education programme, Kick It Out worked with prisons and young offenders institutions through the national Fair Play Week.
The initiative was run in partnership with Novus – a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in offender education, training and employability services – and the National Football Museum in 44 Novus establishments nationwide.
All institutions who took part engaged in activities based on discrimination issues in football in order to engage participants with otherwise difficult topics.
Brittons Academy - Art Initiative
11 to 13-year-olds participated in a ten week programme that saw the students develop artwork around the theme of equality and diversity within football.
The aim of the initiative was for pupils to create posters and other materials that can be displayed with the school and local youth centres to spread positive message about inclusion for all.
Sevenoaks School - 'Classroom to Boardroom’ programme
Students from Sevenoaks School in Kent delivered a presentation to Kick It Out on how the organisation can raise further awareness of its work at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground.
The presentation was part of the ‘Classroom to Boardroom’ programme run by Entrepreneurs In Action, and looked to engage the students with the work of organisation as well as devise their own unique strategies to help Kick It Out reach further.
The students focused on a number of aspects which they felt could raise awareness of the organisation, including how to improve Kick It Out’s presence on matchdays, encourage more people to download its free app and to engage with more people who play at the grassroots level of the game.
Burnt Mill Academy - Student Citizenship Project
Students Harvey, Jay and Josh opted to support Kick It Out as their chosen charity for their coursework and requested an anti-racism workshop for their class.
Speaking about the session, Josh said: “In my opinion the reason that young people should know about discrimination is in order for the future generation to not be the same as today’s generation.”
Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) - Interfaith National Citizen Service Project
Kick It Out hosted JLGB at the Matchroom Stadium, home of Leyton Orient FC, to learn more about football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, was joined by Tyra Ntege and Ahsan Majid, two of the organisation’s A.S.P.I.R.E ambassadors to help deliver the workshop. The trio were also joined by Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer at Leyton Orient.
The group of young people, aged between 16-17, have been working with the JLGB as part of their interfaith National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which will see the participants develop their own social action project to support a charity or cause.
Bracken Edge Primary School - Student-led 'Girls Football Day'
In collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, Kick It Out hosted a ‘Girls Football Day’ at Bracken Edge Primary School in Leeds.
As part of Kick It Out’s partnership with Leeds Beckett University, every year the organisation provides an event brief for students to carry out as part of their corusework for the Sports Development degree. The event was one of two events put on by Leeds Beckett University students that year.
Led by qualified coaches, more than 75 girls from across the school were given the chance to practice their football skills, as well as take part in drills and matches. The afternoon finished with an education workshop being delivered to the pupils.
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)
BUCS ran a week of action in partnership with Kick It Out between 7-13 March 2016.
Universities and colleges around the country took part in various football activities to raise awareness and show support of Kick It Out and #TakeAStand. The week of action aims to raise the profile of the campaign amongst the student football and futsal community.
Outside of the weeks of action, Kick It Out is a key partner in the #TakeAStand campaign aimed at making the university sport experience as inclusive and accessible as possible.
Everycolour - Dynamic Studio Project
Using the popularity of football, Everycolour promotes positive values and raises awareness about discrimination.
Now in its third consecutive year, Everycolour worked with KS2 pupils from four Manchester primary schools following England at Euro 2016 during summer 2016.
Supported by Kick It Out, Everycolour is a Dynamic Studio project – a creative peer education initiative from design practice CDA. CDA’s access to industry professionals and suppliers enables high production values for young creative ideas.
Everycolour 2016 comprised of:
- Everycolour choir performances at both Manchester City stadiums
- Everycolour Blog running during Euro 2016
- Everycolour Commentating Competition judged by Clive Tyldesley
- Everycolour quiz event at National Football Museum