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Kick It Out

What does the beautiful game mean to you? To some it means a kick about down the local park with a group of friends. To others, it’s watching their favourite player bag a last minute winner in a local derby.

To most, it’s all of the above ... and much, much more.

Football is the most popular sport on planet earth and touches people’s lives in different ways. It bridges divides and forms bonds that can last a lifetime.

Kick It Out is football’s equality and inclusion campaign, which attempts to ensure that football, is open to everyone who wants to be involved, regardless of background, nationality, faith or colour.

At Queens Park Rangers Football Club, we buy into this message and to show our on-going commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion within football, earlier this season we pledged our support to Kick It Out’s ‘One Game, One Community’ initiative.

Our fixture against Nottingham Forest in October was selected as our designated ‘Kick It Out’ match, as part of a 12-day, nationwide celebration of diversity.

The special match day was one of 1,000 events taking place across the country during the ‘Kick It Out’ week of action. All 92 professional Clubs, as well as Conference and Non-League Clubs, also held activities to support the initiative, alongside schools, universities and youth centres.

Lord Herman Ouseley, Chairman of ‘Kick It Out,’ believes the 12-day period of action acts as a vital tool in the drive for equality within the sport.

“The ‘One Game, One Community’ period of action provides a focal point for everyone connected to football - from supporters to players - to stand up against discrimination in all its forms.”
“The game flourishes when people from all communities, and from all walks of life, are able to participate in it. Club activity like this reinforces the ‘One Game, One Community’ ethos and is a vital part of the drive for equality at all levels of the game.”

In the days leading up to the ‘One Game, One Community’ fixture, the Club’s Football in the Community team pledged their support to the event by holding a successful coaching and awareness day at Acton High School.

Led by Schools & College Manager, Daniel Edwards, over 50 children were in attendance, to demonstrate its support of the ‘One Game, One Community’ message, the Club underwent a number of activities on the day of the Nottingham Forest fixture.

  • Players from both sides wore T-shirts during the pre-match warm-up.
  • The Club displayed the ‘Kick It Out’ banner and flag prior to kick-off.
  • Both Managers and their respective backroom staff members wore ‘Kick It Out’ badges in the build up to kick-off, as well as in post-match interviews.
  • All in-house staff wore badges throughout the day.

Edwards, who oversaw the entire event at Loftus Road, was delighted with the impact of the period of action, commenting: “It was another great success story.

“The footballing fraternity unites over campaigns like this and the results are clear for all to see.”

There are so many ways in which you can get involved in Kick It Out.

Go to www.kickitout.org for regular updates and ideas as to what you can do.

You can subscribe to e-mail updates through info@kickitout.org

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