Kick It Out enjoy Equality Inspires visit to Liverpool Football Club Academy
Liverpool Football Club welcomed Kick It Out last week as the organisation visited the club’s Academy to deliver a special workshop based around homophobia to their Under-18’s squad.
Steven Gerrard’s Under-18 side watched a short film called ‘Wonderkid’, which focuses on a gay footballer, his personal life, mindset and the challenges he faces in the game.
After watching the film, the players enjoyed a healthy debate with Kick It Out Education Manager Troy Townsend, Kick It Out tutor Marcus Gayle and the director of the film, Rhys Chapman, on issues of homophobia in football.
Kick It Out has worked closely with Liverpool for a number of years to promotes its message of equality, inclusion and anti-discrimination through the Academy programme.
Kick It Out Education Manager Troy Townsend said: “The Equality Inspires programme is having a significant impact within the Academy environment and Liverpool as a football club continue to see the value and impact it has on its players.
“The Wonderkid film is a great educational tool for players to challenge some of their own preconceived thoughts about a gay player within their environment. The impact of the film enables the kind of group discussions unheard of within a changing room and the hope is that the positive conversations can continue long after the workshops have finished.
“Full credit must go to the players for engaging in discussions that can still be seen as quite uncomfortable but are certainly invaluable if football is to continue to break down its own stigma around homophobia.”