Kick It Out announce first dedicated international fixture – England vs Switzerland
Kick It Out is delighted to announce that The Football Association (The FA) will dedicate the England vs Switzerland friendly on Tuesday 11 September at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium to the organisation’s work and its 25th anniversary season.
While Kick It Out has held regular dedicated fixtures at Premier League and English Football League fixtures since 2001, this will be the first international match hosted in honour of the organisation in its history.
The FA has been a core funder of Kick It Out since 1997 and the decision to dedicate a fixture as part of the organisation’s 25th anniversary season is a further commitment from the governing body to increasing equality and diversity at all levels of the nation’s favourite sport.
Lord Herman Ouseley, Kick It Out’s Chair, said: “For us to have a dedicated international as we enter our 25th Anniversary season is a clear marker of how far we’ve come since Kick It Out was founded in 1993.
“Our goal is to see all forms of discrimination being challenged at all levels of the game, so to see the England team putting the pursuit of equality and inclusion at the heart of this important friendly is a massive moment.
“We hope that the awareness this fixture raises will encourage everyone involved in football, from the top of the professional game to the smallest grassroots club, to take Kick It Out’s message and put it at the centre of their work. We know that football has a big impact on the communities that surround it, and we’re very proud to be able to showcase that on the international stage.”
Paul Elliott CBE, Chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board and a committed supporter of Kick It Out since its launch in August 1993, added: “I am immensely pleased we will have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate Kick It Out’s tireless work over the past 25 years during this international fixture in September.
“With many players of different ethnicities and backgrounds, the diverse nature of this Men’s Senior Team provides a fantastic representation of a modern England that we should be proud to support. Whilst the game has come a long way since Kick It Out’s inception in 1993, activities such as this are vital in removing racism and discrimination from football and truly achieving equality and inclusion.”
You can purchase tickets for the game on The FA website here.