Communities of all races, cultures and religious beliefs will come together for a fortnight in October to back the unifying message of ’One Game, One Community’.
Organised by Kick It Out, football’s anti-racism campaign, the One Game, One Community Weeks Of Action is one of the most prominent equality and community engagement initiatives in the country.
The 2008 Weeks of Action, which have a strong community focus and play a role in celebrating diversity and inclusion, will take place between 16 – 28 October.
This fortnight will see 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.
In 2007 more than 1000 events took place during the weeks of action, including a match day activity at all 92 professional clubs in England and Wales.
The weeks of action is the biggest series of activities of their kind in Europe and the involvement of grassroots football is vital to making them what they are.
The fortnight provides the perfect opportunity for grassroots clubs to reach out and engage with their local communities.
As the lifeblood of the game amateur clubs are key to its success and teams have found innovative and effective ways to make their own statement.
Many clubs use the weeks of action as a launch pad to increase their membership and start partnerships with their communities.
You can get involved by staging your own event or working alongside other clubs, councils, your County FA and community groups to send out important messages about equality and how football can break down barriers.
Here are some ideas for how your club could get involved in the campaign:
– Dedicate a fixture to the weeks of action. Hold activities pre- or post-match.
– Develop your own anti-racism pledge that players can sign up to.
– Hold a prize giving ceremony for ethnic minority footballing groups to recognise community achievement.
– Set up a local youth forum to discuss issues of racism and diversity in your area, include players from different local teams.
– Display Kick It Out materials in your clubhouse or changing rooms.
Kick It Out offers a wide range of resources to support activities taking place during the weeks of action.
For further details or more advice on how your club can get involved, visit www.kickitout.org.