Essex Senior League support Kick It Out through dedicated fixtures
The Essex Senior League promoted messages of equality and inclusion during the final matchday of the season as three clubs hosted fixtures dedicated to the work of Kick It Out.
Basildon United, Clapton and Southend Manor chose their home matches against FC Romania, Burnham Ramblers and Barking to not only recognise Kick It Out but to also promote inclusion at their respective clubs.
All clubs used Kick It Out resources, including t-shirts and bespoke medals handed out to children in attendance.
Basildon welcomed FC Romania to the Stuart Bingham Stadium as both teams wore the famous Kick It Out pre-match during the warm-up and the handshakes. Both teams shared the spoils as the hosts cancelled out The Wolves’ first half lead.
It proved to be a successful afternoon on and off the pitch for Clapton as they thrashed Burnham 7-0 in front of 682 spectators at the Old Spotted Dog Stadium. The Kick It Out flag was proudly displayed at the ground with the hosts celebrating a fine season, finishing as runners-up in the league.
Finally, Southend Manor welcomed champions Barking to the Arena Stadium for their final home game of the season. Southend gave the league winners a guard of honour before the game. The visitors showed their class as they won 2-0.
Speaking after the games, Michelle Dorling, Secretary of the Essex Senior League, was thrilled with how the league supported Kick It Out.
“It was a really good response to our first Kick It Out day, held across three Essex Senior League fixtures,” he explained.
“I feel privileged to have been part of it today and to be there for the celebration of football and Clapton FC as League Runners-Up.
“The atmosphere at Clapton was fantastic; both teams worked hard to make sure the children enjoyed the experience. The children enjoyed their goodie bags and many wore their Kick It Out medal proudly.”