Kick It Out speaks at sport and discrimination conference
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, spoke at the Sport and Discrimination Conference 2015, held at the London Campus of the University of Sunderland.
The conference was held on Friday 1 May and aimed to provide a forum for discrimination faced by people today. The conference also sought to discover what these forms of discrimination are and how best they can be understood and tackled.
Kick It Out spoke as part of a panel discussion on discrimination, answering questions from the audience and from social media.
There were keynote speeches from Dr Daniel Burdsey and Dr Jayne Caldwell, both from the University of Brighton, while there were also presentations from an international range of experts.
Anna Jӧnsson, Reporting Officer at Kick It Out said: “The conference was a great opportunity to meet respected names from academia and anti-discrimination and the chance to speak at it allowed Kick It Out to influence the wider discussion and lead the debate, as we have done in football for over 20 years.”
The conference was curated by Dr Daniel Kilvington and Dr John Price, both of the University of Sunderland. The pair have published research on discrimination within sport for a number of years, working alongside two others to publish Race, Racism and Sports Journalism in 2012. In 2014, they co-authored the book Sport, Racism and Social Media which looked at the causes of online racism and highlighted examples of social media racism in football, cricket, boxing, ice hockey, and basketball, as well as offering solutions regarding challenging racism on social network sites.
Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out said: “The conference was a great opportunity for those involved and Kick It Out to share their expertise about how best to tackle discrimination in sport. We were delighted to be involved and enjoyed meeting and hearing from like-minded people who are challenging discrimination.
“We are engaging more and more with educational institutions and academia as we aim to engage all aspects of football, including those who study the game and its place in society.”