Kick It Out visit Liverpool Football Club Academy for Equality Inspires workshop
Liverpool Football Club were last week paid a special visit by Kick It Out as the organisation visited the Academy to speak to Liverpool Under-18’s, Under-16’s and Under-15’s as part of the Equality Inspires programme.
The Equality Inspires programme was launched by Kick It Out and the Premier League to deliver equality and inclusion training for clubs’ academy players, staff and parents. The workshops aim to raise awareness on current issues including discrimination, underrepresentation and stereotypes within the game.
Kick It Out has worked closely with Liverpool for a number of years to promote its message of equality, inclusion and anti-discrimination through the Academy programme.
Troy Townsend, Kick It Out’s Education and Development Manager, was joined by Kick It Out tutor and ex-professional footballer Marcus Gayle for a workshop to talk about their experiences of equality and discrimination in football and to help educate the youngsters based in Kirkby.
On the visit from Kick It Out, Liverpool Under-18’s manager Neil Critchley said; “It is a privilege to be able to welcome Troy and Marcus to the Academy to deliver their Kick It Out workshop. It is extremely important for us to be able to have the support of Kick It Out and raise the awareness of all forms of discrimination not just in football but in life in general.
“The workshops also provoked some discussion and raised the players’ awareness of equality and anti-discrimination with further highlights how beneficial these workshops are for the boys.”
Troy added: “It is crucial that people are educated on the importance of Kick It Out and why we put on these workshops for clubs throughout the Premier League and Football League.
“Liverpool Football Club are at the forefront of the clubs we work with and are really receptive to welcoming Kick It Out on a regular basis. We have been to visit Liverpool four or five times over the past few years which highlights what fantastic open access the Club provide us with.
“The Academy players were brilliant and understood the importance of our messaging. We want to bring the understanding of diversity, equality and inclusion to people when they are younger in order to prepare them for later life.”