Kick It Out spearheading Gypsy, Roma and Traveller initiative
Kick It Out is spearheading a national initiative aimed at increasing participation in football from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities.
Adopting a community-led approach, Kick It Out is working with professional clubs, The FA and local GRT communities in London, Essex, Leeds, Norwich, Liverpool and Bolton. The project, engaging both males and females, brings football closer to sites and introduces young people to coaching and refereeing.
As part of the initiative, Kick It Out is hosting a one-day workshop alongside Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road tomorrow (20 July), showcasing some of the strides made by the club in this particular area.
With a mixture of keynote speeches, educational workshops and football specific coaching sessions with members of the Irish Traveller community in west London, the day will provide a valuable insight into how best to engage with this specific community.
QPR’s Traveller Liaison Officer, Gareth Dixon, said: “This is a positive and much-needed project. The club’s successful ‘Moving The Goalposts’ project with Ealing Travellers shows how this community loves football. Our aim is to use this as a blueprint to replicate this success around the country.”