LFE Life Skills
Kick It Out works with League Football Education to deliver Equality and Diversity training for scholars – Under 16s to Under-18s – at English Football League (EFL) clubs.
These workshops aim to raise awareness on current issues, including discrimination, underrepresentation and stereotypes within the game. The workshops also seek to develop both the life skills of players, and their knowledge and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion, as they take their first steps into the professional game.
Each workshop consists of the scholars watching sections of a 12-minute DVD talking about issues including homophobia, sexism, racism, faith and disability abuse, and taking part in an interactive activity where they discuss conduct deemed to fall under the category of ‘banter’, within dressing rooms and beyond, including on social media.
As part of the workshops, free speech and discussion is encouraged and players participate openly in an engaging debate about what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable.
Since the start of the 2010/11 season, Kick It Out has travelled across the country to talk to 16-18 year old scholars about the importance of challenging discrimination, stereotypes and under-representation within the game. Troy Townsend, Kick It Out’s Education and Development Manager and Paul Mortimer, the organisation’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, currently lead on delivering the sessions across England and Wales.
Troy, a former apprentice at Crystal Palace and Millwall, said: “Kick It Out is now affecting the game at a level where the young people are made aware that they assume the mantle of role models faster than ever before. It shows that our message is spreading and we’re giving young players a thorough grounding in our area of work.”
Paul, an ex-professional footballer with clubs including Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, said: “Clubs don’t just produce footballers, but under a holistic approach, they help to create well-rounded people and this training allows them to define themselves. We hope that we’re able to leave the young players with the tools to recognise situations and challenge them as they see them.”
Equality Training delivered – 2017/18
Equality Training delivered – 2016/17
Brighton and Hove Albion
Dagenham & Redbridge
Brighton and Hove Albion
Equality Training delivered – Previous seasons
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