UEL students debate discrimination with Kick It Out at Education session
Kick It Out representatives were invited to the University of East London (UEL) on Thursday 11 December to discuss with students the organisation’s work and highlight issues of discrimination within football. The event forms part of our educational delivery to universities aimed at giving football’s future workforce an in-depth understanding of equality and diversity.
Hayley Bennett, Education Officer for Kick It Out, was joined by Mark Healy, Grassroots and Community Development Officer, and Anwar Uddin, who runs the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, as all three presented and spoke to the students. They discussed the importance of inclusivity, and the work that the organisation does to help create a comfortable and welcoming environment for participants across all levels of the game.
Key initiatives highlighted were our Mentoring and Leadership Project, the organisation’s involvement with London Tigers and Southall Sports Synergy, as well as the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign and the recent #Prideinfootball LGBT football supporters’ event. The UEL students were then invited to ask questions around the inclusive work the organisation undertakes, with over twenty questions posed to Mark, Hayley and Anwar.
“I would say that this one of the most rewarding education events I have been a part of. The students were heavily involved and asked some very interesting questions,” said Hayley. “Such was the positive response to the session that we had a large group stay afterwards to discuss the issues raised further and we also had many sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with our work, the Mentoring and Leadership Project and upcoming events.
Richard Hunt, Lecturer at UEL, hopes that the university and the organisation can continue to develop its working relationship following on from the session: “I would like to express my thanks to Kick It Out for delivering an engaging event. The amount of questions asked and general responsive nature from the students was really good to see. I hope that this event is something we can build upon and that the organisation can have a regular input into our work ahead. UEL looks forward to working with the organisation in the future.”
To find out more about Kick It Out’s educational delivery programme please click here.