This Thursday marks the launch of 2008’s “One Game, One Community” week of action. As one of the most prominent equality and community engagement initiatives in the country, given the issues raised by those such as Sol Campbell, David James, Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole in recent weeks, it might be that the timing of the week is perfect.
Overseen by Kick It Out – formerly Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football – the organisation was established in 1993. It works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge racism and work for positive change. Its campaign are supported and funded by the game’s governing bodies, including founding body the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), the FA Premier League, the Football Foundation and The Football Association.
The weeks of action have a strong community focus and play a role in celebrating diversity and inclusion. Starting on the 16th October, the week sees the game’s biggest names stand alongside communities across the UK under the banner of ‘One Game, One Community’. Grassroots clubs, schools, community groups and fans join the professional game in coming together in symbolic activities promoting inclusion.
More information about the week of action can be found by clicking here.