JLGB group given insight into Kick It Out at Orient
A group of young people involved with the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) joined Kick It Out on Tuesday 16 August at the Matchroom Stadium, home of Leyton Orient FC, to learn more about football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, was joined by Tyra Ntege and Ahsan Majid, two of the organisation’s A.S.P.I.R.E ambassadors to help deliver the workshop. The trio were also joined by Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer at Leyton Orient.
The group of young people, aged between 16-17, have been working with the JLGB as part of their interfaith National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which will see the participants develop their own social action project to support a charity or cause.
The workshop began with Hayley and Howard explaining their respective roles within their organisations and how they support diversity and inclusion in football. This was followed by Tyra and Ahsan passionately discussing how they became involved with Kick It Out through the A.S.P.I.R.E group.
Following the speeches, Howard took the group around the Matchroom Stadium pitch as he showed them a new community hub which will be launched with the Fans For Diversity campaign later this month.
A quiz on Kick It Out’s work followed, including questions based on diversity and discrimination in the sport that tested the group’s knowledge of the organisation.
The final activity of the workshop saw the group divided into smaller sections as they created and shared ideas for Kick It Out and football clubs to help develop greater links to the local community through activities and initiatives.
Both A.S.P.I.R.E ambassadors reflected on a positive event at the Matchroom Stadium.
Ahsan said: “The event run with the JLGB NCS group not only allowed us to see what great ideas the participants had about events that promote inclusivity within football, but also showed us the Hub at Leyton Orient, which can be used for future projects like the brilliant ideas created at the event.”
Tyra commented: “It was inspiring for me to attend JLGB’s event and to be so involved by talking to and assisting fellow young people in coming up with ideas for their Social action project -partnered with ‘Fans for Diversity’.
“I enjoyed being able to educate others about Kick It Out and A.S.P.I.R.E in a fresh, new setting as well as sharing my personal experiences with those who may be able to relate them.”
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