Kick It Out visits UEL to speak to Sports Journalism students
Kick It Out visited the University of East London (UEL) at its Docklands Campus on Monday 2 February for a one-day conference on discrimination issues within football and society.
Part of the Kick It Out’s Education Programme, staff from our organisation and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) delivered a workshop to Sports Journalism students and took part in a panel discussion focused on discrimination in the game.
Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer, spoke to the students on issues of racism and sexism, while Anwar Uddin, the FSF’s Diversity and Campaigns Manager, explained in detail the lack of Asian participation in the sport and what the ‘Fans for Diversity’ initiative is doing to make football inclusive for all fans.
Students were also asked to complete a series of activities linked to their course with the focus on delivering the organisation’s key messages of equality and inclusion through their journalistic skills.
The afternoon saw the students move to the UEL Sports Dock for a panel discussion on football supporters and the modern game. Hayley and Anwar were joined on the panel by Danny Lynch, The FA’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination PR officer, and Rodney Hinds, Sports Editor of the Voice.
Discussion topics included prices of match-day tickets and the challenges of tackling discriminatory abuse in football stadiums across all levels of the game.
Carrie Dunn, acting programme officer for the Sports Journalism course, spoke after the conference had concluded. “The morning session was both challenging and engaging, with activities that drew from real-life and appealed to the students,” she said.
“The afternoon saw an interesting debate on a manner of subjects that are hot topic points amongst supporters currently and the students seemed to be receptive to the thoughts and opinions of the panel.”
Hayley was pleased with how the conference ran and the input of the students. She commented: “The workshop was a great success with the students engaged throughout the presentation and activities.
“In particular the activities were carried out well by the students and I was very impressed with their understanding. UEL were fantastic hosts for the one-day conference and I hope we can work with them soon on more engaging projects.”
To find out more about Kick It Out’s Education Programme click here.