Kick It Out deliver workshop to Kent youth football team
Kick It Out delivered a workshop to a youth team in Stone Crossing, Kent, on 6 December as part of a new project during the organisation’s ‘Season of Action’.
With the initiative shining a spotlight on grassroots and community activity for the 2014/15 season, two members of Kick It Out staff travelled to Kent to visit Halls Athletic FC Under-16s team to offer the young players education and advice on how to combat discrimination, in the first Kick It Out grassroots workshop of its kind.
Mark Healy, Kick It Out’s Grassroots and Community Development Officer, was joined by Hayley Bennett, Education Officer, as they delivered an anti-discrimination workshop to the players and coaching staff.
During the workshop the team agreed to host a ‘Season of Action’ fixture in January as well as download the Kick It Out app, which is FREE and available on App Store and Google Play. Kent County FA representatives were also in attendance at the event.
After the workshop, Mark discussed the importance of the organisation reaching out to grassroots clubs through workshops: “Halls Athletic were very accommodating to Kick It Out and the work that we do.
“This is a new project for Kick It Out as we aim to deliver further workshop across the country to spread our messages of equality and inclusion for all. The initial response to this project from this event has been positive and we look forward to developing this work. We would also like to thank Kent FA for their help in arranging and organising the event.”
Hayley also commented on her experience of the day: “It was a positive workshop for everyone in attendance. The team, including players and staff were responsive, with the staff leading by example in a proactive manner which helped engage the children.
“Overall the session went very well and we definitely achieved what we went there for which was to help their understanding of discrimination issues. We would encourage any County FA interested in our grassroots and education programmes to contact Kick It Out.”
Val Hajialexandrou, Kent FA’s County Welfare Officer, said: “I thought the workshop was really enjoyable and therefore it seemed to just fly past. It’s hard to engage that age group and I thought they interacted well to your session.
“The session was very good and it definitely had the learning outcomes that Kent FA needed for that group.”
Below are tweets from Kent County FA’s Welfare Officer and Halls Athletic’s twitter accounts on the event.
— Halls Athletic FC (@HAFCOfficial) December 8, 2014