Kick It Out returns to Chichester University
Kick It Out returned to Chichester University on Friday 18 April to deliver an education session to third-year Sports Science students.
Following a visit to the university last year, Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, was joined by Tom Taylor, Media and Communications Officer at Kick It Out, as they discussed the impact of the organisation’s work across football and society.
Hayley began the afternoon lecture by explaining Kick It Out’s remit of campaigning for equality and inclusion across all levels of the game. In this section, she detailed the organisation’s activity within the professional game as well the work done at grassroots level.
Issues in football such as homophobia, social media abuse and the lack of diversity in governing bodies and club boardrooms were discussed, with the students given an in-depth guide on how Kick It Out is aiming to challenge these problems within the game.
In the second-half of the session, the group of Sports Science students were invited to give their own thoughts on a number of potential scenarios related to discrimination in football.
As potential future leaders in sport, students were challenged on how they would deal with incidents of discrimination if they were in a senior position within an organisation. This included incidents of racism and sexism.
Speaking after the session, Hayley was pleased with how the third-year students responded: “It was great to come back to Chichester University a year on to continue spreading the key messages of Kick It Out.
“These students are on the verge of completing their degrees, so it’s important that they understand the importance of equality before they move into employment, hopefully within the sports industry.
“One of the organisation’s aims for its work in education is to make sure that the future leaders of football have a greater understanding of inclusion, and our work with universities ensures we have a greater chance of promoting that aim.”
Marcus Smith, Principal Lecturer and Field Leader in Exercise Physiology, said: “This was the second year that Kick It Out presented their work to our final year students. It was an excellent session that used real life scenarios from football to illustrate the issues surrounding racism, homophobia and under-representation of minority groups in sport.
“I really enjoyed watching Hayley and Tom interact with the students, challenging them to consider their own position and appreciate the views of others. Feedback from students has been very positive and I look forward to developing stronger links with Kick It Out in the future.”