'Season of Action' continues with four games this weekend
Three Premier League matches and a League Two clash will increase the total attendance at dedicated ‘Season of Action’ fixtures to over 700,000 this weekend. So far this season, 624,774 people have attended a ‘Season of Action’ fixture, with 67 goals being scored across 33 games.
Two Saturday games kick off at 3pm, with Stoke City hosting Queens Park Rangers. The visitors will be looking for their first win since 20 December. The Potters are currently 10th in the Premier League and could overtake Swansea City with a win before the Welsh side play in a ‘Season of Action’ game on Sunday.
At the other end of the 92, Dagenham and Redbridge host Cheltenham Town in League Two. The Daggers will hold their sixth annual ‘Daggers Against Racism’ fixture this weekend as they look to kick start the second half of their season.
Both sides have five points in their last four games, and Wayne Burnett’s side could pull themselves further away from the League Two relegation places with a win.
The club have been working with Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) as part of their ‘Fans for Diversity’ initiative. The club have commissioned a mural to be spray painted on the wall as fans approach the Barking and Dagenham College Family Stand which will have an iconic moment from the club’s past prominently displayed.
Anwar Uddin from the FSF said: “It’s great that we can bring the stand to life in a way that represents the club’s history and highlights the great community work that they do. We’re looking forward to inspiring fans who see the past as they go in to cheer the team in the present.”
Adult tickets have been priced from £2.50, with concessions are able to pay as little as 50p and children under 10 going for free, as the Daggers look to get their second win of 2015.
Both of Sunday’s televised Premier League games are ‘Season of Action’ fixtures as Arsenal host Aston Villa with a 13:30 kick off, followed by Southampton’s meeting with Swansea.
The Emirates Stadium will host their second ‘Arsenal for Everyone’ game this season, with the game being dedicated to Football v Homophobia’s ‘Month of Action’. February is LGBT History Month with several activities aimed at raising awareness of LGBT issues.
Meanwhile, 80 miles south of the Emirates, Sunday’s second televised game sees Southampton look to continue their good run of form with a fixture against Swansea. The Saints have not lost in the league since 13 December and have taken maximum points from their last three fixtures.
Swansea currently lie ninth, and will take part in pre-match activities for the third time this season, after hosting a ‘Season of Action’ game against Leicester and acting as the away team for a trip to Sunderland. The Swans have won one and drawn one so far.
Pre-match activity at St. Mary’s includes Kick It Out’s animated advert being played on the boards around the ground, a dedicated page to the organisation within the match programme.
The ‘Season of Action’ provides a greater opportunity for Kick It Out to display the work it undertakes throughout the year to promote equality and inclusion across all levels of the game.