House of Lords reception launches Kick It Out’s new education programme
Kick It Out hosted a special reception to launch its new education programme at the House of Lords on Monday 29 September.
The programme is being supported by funds raised from Kick It Out’s 20 year anniversary dinner event, which was organised by Action Against Discrimination, in May.
The special reception was funded by Dragonfly Property Finance, the UK’s short to medium term property lender, and saw speeches from Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, and Jonathan Metliss, Chair of Action Against Discrimination.
Key figureheads and organisations from across football and industry came together to recognise their role in helping to generate funds to support the programme.
Since its inception, education has been a fundamental part of Kick It Out’s work through its engagement with schools, professional football clubs, community and grassroots groups, local councils and young offenders’ institutes.
The aim of the education programme is to raise awareness of the positive influence football can have in communities, but also addressing issues of discrimination and exclusion.
Speaking at the reception, Lord Ouseley stated the importance of Kick It Out’s work in education. He said: “Kick It Out has developed a canopy of activity which embraces tackling discrimination in its broadest form.
“Our task fundamentally and the work that we want to focus on essentially, with the funds raised by Action Against Discrimination, is education. Our work has always been about education.
“We want to intensify the work we’ve been doing over the years, with schools, colleges, clubs, community organisations and businesses. It’s about raising awareness and focusing on the next generation, and that is so crucial.”
Jonathan spoke of the development of Action Against Discrimination and its historical links to the work of Kick It Out as he reiterated the charity’s ongoing support for the organisation.
He commented: “Action Against Discrimination is a charity formed to assist groups and organisations that are combating racism and discrimination wherever it may be, and Kick It Out falls into this category.
“Everyone in attendance this evening is very supportive of Kick It Out. I have been involved since I met with Lord Ouseley over a decade ago. I’m very pleased to support this organisation and we as a charity will continue to do so.”
Kick It Out will deliver the programme in a targeted manner, and widen its engagement with new and existing groups through the production of education resources and the facilitation of detailed workshops.
The organisation will also work proactively to empower individuals by increasing their confidence and knowledge on how to challenge discrimination.