On Monday 2nd March, Leicestershire & Rutland County FA (LRCFA) will draw a focus towards the great work of both Kick It Out & Respect. The week is a great chance to highlight the messages of both Kick it Out and Respect as well make everyone aware of the resources available to all involved in football.
The week was designed to co-inside with both the FA’s Respect pledge, launched today, as well as the FA’s Asians Inclusion Football Forum on 3rd March. The focus of the week is on different ways that clubs, coaches and players can show their support, implement and recognise the great work both Kick It Out and Respect do. We will showcase resources as well as give clubs a chance to highlight their own good practices through a competition that could win them a fantastic matchday experience at Leicester City FC.
The week of focus was conceived after the success of last years Respect week and through regular meetings with Kick it Out. Kick it Out works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change. Kick It Out is at the heart of the fight against discrimination for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.
Tajean Hutton, Grassroots Manager, Kick It Out said, “We are delighted at Kick It Out to see Leicestershire & Rutland CFA take proactive steps in not only combating discrimination but in celebrating those who fight for the cause of equality. This will contribute towards the consistent building of a healthy relationship with Leicestershire & Rutland CFA and Kick It Out in assuring that the needs of local communities in the Leicestershire County are being catered to”
Respect is an FA programme that highlights the positive elements of behaviour in the grassroots football. Creating the right environments for players both on and off the pitch is so important. The Respect codes of conduct are in place to ensure that everyone involved within an FA Charter Standard club or league is playing their part to give the players a positive experience.
Rachael Gallop, Designated Safeguarding Officer and Respect Lead, LRCFA said, “Respect is an important value in life, not just football. Leading with Respect is important to our County FA and we want to ensure that the match day environments played here are memorable for the right reasons. It’s all about creating the best possible football experiences.”
Kelly Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, LRCFA said, “Having a focus week for Kick It Out and Respect is a powerful way to encourage those in the Grassroots game to promote the positive side of football. Football should be enjoyed by all who want to play it and this week will only serve to continue to reinforce this message”
To learn more about Kick It Out or Respect please click on the links, to be taken to dedicated pages and the focus for the week’s promotion.
Kick it Out Website
FA’s Respect Page
LRCFA Respect Page