Kick It Out offers support to schools, colleges and universities hosting their own educational events based around equality and inclusion.
For information on how Kick It Out can assist with an event at your school or college contact Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of some of the events that have been undertaken by students thanks to support from Kick It Out.
Schools and Colleges
Bracken Edge Primary School - May 2016
In collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, Kick It Out hosted a ‘Girls Football Day’ at Bracken Edge Primary School in Leeds on Tuesday 17 May 2016.
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 by Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer.
Fair Play Football Festival - April 2016
Kick It Out hosted an exhibition stand at the Fairplay Football Festival in an event run by Positive Futures Lincolnshire, in Boston on Tuesday 5 April.
The day saw boys and girls aged Under-14s to Under-19s competing against each other to be crowned Fair Play champions.
Before the tournament began, Kick It Out delivered a talk to attendees about fair play and respecting difference.
Mahdi Khoshkoo and Louie Silvani, two members of A.S.P.I.R.E., Kick It Out’s young ambassador group, spoke on behalf of the organisation and worked on the exhibition stand with Lincolnshire FA.
Long Road Sixth Form College - January 2016
With support from Kick It Out’s Education Programme, students from the college organised the fixture, promoting the event across Long Road and encouraging fellow students to attend and participate.
Each participant received a Kick It Out badge with the winning team claiming a trophy for their efforts. Speaking after the match, Chloe Beeton, Sports Activator at Long Road, was delighted with how the event went.
“We held a recreational football match to raise awareness of equality and inclusion in football at the college.
“The students were fully engaged and really enjoyed the event in aid of Kick It Out, which is a great organisation. We are really pleased with how the match went and we are hoping to run more matches in the future!”
Burnt Mill Academy - November 2015
Kick It Out’s Education Officer, Hayley Bennett, visited Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow last Thursday (November 12) as part of their citizenship coursework.
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.
Hayley spoke to students about issues of racism, with reference to the football industry and asked for their opinions on these issues.
She also gave them a background on the history of Kick It Out and the work it does today. At the end of the session, students were asked to write their message to the football world based on what they had learnt about racism in football (see an example above).
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.”
Harvey added: “We learnt about how racism can be stopped and how to report it so that if someone witnesses an incident of racism they knew where to go to find help.”
Royal Grammar School Worcester - October 2015
Kick It Out visited Royal Grammar School Worcester on Tuesday 27 October as the organisation supported the Football Against Intolerance & Racism project (FAIR Play) run by Experiment in International Living UK (EIL UK).
Cory Hendricks-Jackman, Grassroots Football Development Officer at Kick It Out, delivered a workshop to students at Royal Grammar School about the organisation’s work.
The group discussed different forms of discrimination and how this affects behaviours in society as well as in football. The workshop was part of a week-long programme designed by FAIR Play with the group voting Cory’s session the best of the week.
Speaking after the workshop, Karen Morris, Cultural Programmes Manager at EIL UK, was pleased Kick It Out participated in the programme.
“We cannot run these programmes without the support of organisations such as Kick It Out and I can’t tell you how grateful we were that Cory was able to join us.
“A huge thank you to Kick It Out for helping us provide a platform for young peoples to think about equality and diversity issues, and what they can do to combat racism and intolerance in their own communities.”
Redbridge College Sports Academy - February 2015
Kick It Out visited the Sports Academy at Redbridge College, east London to support students in their goal to maintain their interest in sport and for some, create a pathway to a career.
The organisation delivered a workshop on Friday 6 February to a select group of engaged students, focusing on diversity within football and how discrimination can be reported and recorded.
Students were also presented with unique experiences that challenged their established ways of thinking, and were given an insight into Kick It Out’s upcoming Raise Your Game conference.
Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer said: “It’s really important to talk to students early in their career, or indeed, before they start their careers. The session was lively and interactive, taking in debate about banter.
“Our Education programme aims to teach the future football workforce on equality issues so the game becomes a more inclusive place than it is currently.
“It was clear to see that the students were passionate and I hope they go on to work in football. They’re on a good path already, having signed up to Raise Your Game.”
Impington College - January 2015
Kick It Out visited Impington Village College in Cambridge to deliver an educational session to over 200 pupils as part of their Ethics, Philosophy and Society studies.
Pupils were part of an interactive session which covered the work of Kick It Out, including a discussion on recent high-profile cases of discrimination within professional football. Pupils then paired up and discussed different scenarios of discrimination and how they would respond to them.
There was a question and answer session afterwards where Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer and the organisation’s Grassroots and Community Development Officer Mark Healy answered queries from the crowd of pupils.
Hayley said: “The pupils we talked to were a credit to their school because they were so well behaved, quiet, and engaged. Students filled in pre and post-event surveys and we were really pleased with how enjoyable and informative the pupils found the session.
“It also showed the importance of preparation as the pupils’ questions were insightful and challenging.”
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University of Kent Student Union Campaigns Forum - March 2016
The Campaigns Forum was set up by the University of Kent to provide inspirational talks from guest speakers about important campaigns, in order to inspire university officers to do the same.
In Hayley’s interactive presentation and workshop, she discussed issues such as how the Kick It Out campaigns with clubs themselves, as well as introducing students to Kick It Out’s recent education work.
Hayley also shared tips and best practice for successful campaigning strategies, on an informative afternoon in Kent.
Nottingham Trent University - April 2015
The course is currently looking at different aspects of discrimination in society and how it will affect their roles as potential future journalists.
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Chichester University - March 2015
Part of the organisation’s education programme, Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer, was joined by Anwar Uddin, The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) Diversity and Campaigns Manager, as they spoke to 55 final-year Sport and Exercise Students.
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University of East London - February 2015
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