Hugh Robertson backs One Game, One Community weeks of action
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, has pledged his support to Kick It Out as another bumper period of One Game, One Community weeks of action activity kicks off this weekend.
“Through initiatives like One Game, One Community, Kick It Out is making great strides to get the message across to all those involved in our national game that any kind of discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said.
Hugh gave his backing as fixtures across the country will be dedicated to the weeks of action. High-flying Newcastle United take on Wigan Athletic at St James’ Park, with brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi sharing the honour of club ambassador duties, while the Latics have nominated their whole team as campaign torch-bearers.
Liverpool face Norwich City with Reds ambassador Martin Kelly hoping to catch the eye of England manager Fabio Capello ahead of next month’s international friendlies with Sweden and Spain.
On Sunday, a pre-match balloon release at Loftus Road will mark Queens Park Rangers’ contribution to the weeks of action before they face off with west London rivals Chelsea.
At grass roots level, the Black and Asian Coaches Association (BACA) host another coaching development session, with former Charlton Athletic star Michael Bennett in attendance, at Hackney Marshes on Saturday morning.
On Tuesday, prior to their One Game, One Community weeks of action fixture against Charlton Athletic at Adams Park, Wycombe Wanderers will become the first club to sign the Government ‘Charter for Action’, which looks to address the issue of homophobia and transphobia in sport. It is a significant move for the Football League, and acts as a pivotal moment in the weeks of action.
On Wednesday, football’s annual Black List award ceremony will take place in Canary Wharf, highlighting the contribution made by some of the key individuals from the black community to the game.
And grass roots teams are being urged by Kick It Out’s weeks of action ambassadors such as Tom Huddlestone and Adlene Guedioura, to take part in the Kick It Out Cup, in conjunction with Lucozade Powerleague and Club Website. The nationwide competition, which will see amateur sides being coached by Dream Managers such as Paul Davis and Earl Barrett, is free to enter and more details can be found here.