Young ambassadors A.S.P.I.R.E at Manchester City
Kick It Out’s young ambassadors met at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium to discuss their future plans as advisers to the organisation, along with announcing a new name for the group – A.S.P.I.R.E.
The newly named A.S.P.I.R.E group, an abbreviation of Ambassadors Supporting and Promoting Inclusion, Respect and Equality, were given an unique opportunity to take a tour of the Etihad Stadium as they hosted their second meeting, following their first congress in February.
The agenda for the meeting included discussion points on Kick It Out’s work in the professional game, the Fans For Diversity campaign, run in partnership with the Football Supporters’ Federation, and how the group can develop relationship with other anti-discrimination organisations.
A.S.P.I.R.E heard from Keeley Baptista, Professional Game Manager at Kick It Out, and Rishi Jain, Football League Clubs Development Officer, as they spoke about the organisation’s work across the 92 Premier League and English Football League clubs. Keeley and Rishi also consulted the group on campaigning activity for the upcoming season, with all members providing invaluable feedback.
The group also discussed further plans to create their own event through the Fans For Diversity fund. The fund is provided by the Fans For Diversity campaign, which aims to target a number of supporter-led initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion across the professional and non-league game.
Ahsan Majid, a member of A.S.P.I.R.E, said: “The meeting went well and was extremely productive.
“Keeley and Rishi spoke about the work they do with the Premier League and English Football League, in particular the Equality Standard and the Code of Practice. We also had a very productive brainstorming session on what events clubs could host through the Fans For Diversity Fund.
“We also made large strides in creating a logo for A.S.P.I.R.E, with several good ideas spoken about during the meeting.”
Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, said: “The second meeting of A.S.P.I.RE was a great opportunity to continue the development of our young ambassadors.
“All of the group members contributed to the day. They helped Keeley and Rishi with their plans for the 2016/17 season, by offering clear and concise advice to help the organisation engage with a younger audience.
“The next phase for the group is for them to see the internal workings of Kick It Out and to experience what it is like on a day-by-day basis within the organisation.
“I would like to thank Manchester City for their fantastic support, helping the group to work and enjoy their latest meeting in a fantastic venue.”
To find out more about A.S.P.I.R.E, visit their page by clicking here