Lancashire Midnight League adopts Kick It Out theme
Showing their support for the weeks of action, Lancashire FA teamed up with Wigan Leisure Trust to adopt a Kick It Out theme for their Community Midnight League finals day.
As two significant supporters of the Kick It Out initiative, Lancashire FA and Wigan Leisure Trust constantly look to get behind events across the county and the borough, with the Community Midnight League one of their main projects.
A hugely successful programme, the Midnight League has given participants the opportunity to go on to join local clubs to develop their skills and build friendships.
Pete Wild, Inclusion Officer for the Lancashire FA, said: “This event helps to educate people in Lancashire about the issues around racism, not just in football but in general society. It will do this by also giving them the chance to play football, to have fun and to achieve within a cohesive environment.”
Chris Essex-Crosby, Wigan Leisure Trust’s Sport Development Manager, commented: “The football leagues are always really popular and there’s always a lot of good-natured competition and this final didn’t disappoint.
“The last round of the leagues saw five teams from Wigan Borough go on to play at national league levels so there really is all to play for.
“The final had an extra message this year as, in association with the Kick It Out campaign, we have been promoting a message of inclusion and equality in sport to all the young people involved.”
Earl Barrett from Kick It Out stated: “The diversity we see at the grassroots level of the game is something to be celebrated. The Wigan Midnight League programme celebrates diversity and this is clearly on show.
“Incorporating the weeks of action into the Wigan midnight leagues finals day will hopefully raise awareness of the issues young people face not only in football but in general society.”
For more information on inclusion projects across Lancashire please contact Pete Wild, Lancashire FA Inclusion Officer, on 01772 624000.