Kick It Out receive Annual Just A Ball Game? Award
Kick It Out were presented with the Challenging HBT Bullying Award from Just A Ball Game? (JBG?), as the LGBT+ inclusion organisation celebrated its seventh birthday.
The award is given to organisations for their good practices and partner work with JBG? over a 12-month period, helping to raise awareness around LGBT+ inclusion and visibility while also challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) behaviour and bullying.
This year JBG? partnered with Kick It Out and the UK Home Office to produce a document designed to educate stewards on HBT language and behaviour in football stadiums, in an effort to better tackle the issue. Now the HBT resource has been given to all 92 professional clubs in England to collectively tackle HBT abuse in football.
Roisin Wood, CEO of Kick It Out, said this on receiving the award: “We are absolutely honoured. On behalf of Kick It Out I want to say a big thank you, it’s been great working with JBG? this year as we have for a number of years..”
Lindsay England, Founder of Just A Ball Game, commented on the significance of partnering with Kick It Out on the HBT resource: “It’s actually the first time in the history of football that match day staff and stewarding people have been given some education around LGBT inclusion.
“It’s a massive inclusion thing for us, we do the work that we do, we fight the bigotry in the game, and in society as a whole, anything that’s around any sexism, any racism, anything else, we will call it out, just as much as will tackle the homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
“We’re a really inclusive organisation and we just want to look and use football as a tool to help educate.”
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