Focus on race equality at Kent FA Football Roadshow
The Kent FA hosted its third Football Roadshow last Thursday night (20 February) with a specific focus on race equality at Dartford FC’s Princes Park ground.
Kick It Out’s Grassroots Development Officer Dean Watson and Reporting Officer Anna Jonsson attended the event to promote the campaign’s ‘Season of Action’ and the launch of its app.
Darryl Haden, County Development Manager at Kent FA, opened proceedings discussing the work the county has done so far in trying to raise awareness of race equality and tackle issues in this area.
Damien Matthew, Charlton Athletic’s first-team coach, was in attendance and spoke about how he believed education was the key aspect in all areas of football to combat the issues that arise around prejudice and discrimination.
Natalie Curtis, Footballer Development Officer at Kent FA, said: “As with previous roadshows, it is very gratifying to provide the platform for people involved with football in Kent to come and expand their networks and learn more about how to raise the standards of the game.
“With great speakers such as Anna and Dean from Kick It Out, and Damian, the roadshow gave the opportunity to ask questions to the experts leading the way in reporting incidents of discrimination. Furthermore with Damian in attendance, we were able to hear a lot about what professional football clubs are doing to combat issues around race equality.”
Natalie continued: “I’d like to thank all of our speakers, Dartford FC for hosting the event and all the guests who attended the Kent FA Race Equalities Roadshow. The Kent FA now looks ahead to our final roadshow in Maidstone.”
The fourth and concluding Kent FA Football Roadshow based on Women’s and Girls’ football takes place on Monday 3 March. For more information, please click here.