Kick It Out has launched a consultation to find out more about the incidence of discrimination in grassroots football.
Football’s equality and inclusion organisation want to hear from players, coaches, referees and parents on discrimination and its impact on individuals and teams across the amateur game.
Reports of discrimination in grassroots football remain at a low level, with 34 incidents reported to Kick It Out in the first half of the 2014/15 season – the same figure as at the same point last season.
However, a poll of Club Website members in December 2014 found that 607 (32%) of the 1,878 people polled had witnessed some form of racism at their grassroots football matches in the previous 12 months. These UK-wide results remain consistent with similar polls conducted in previous years, which suggests a huge number of incidents remain unreported.
Kick it Out recognises that more confidence is needed in the reporting processes and are keen to raise awareness of the mechanisms in place and ways in which people can report incidents, by phone, online or via the Kick It Out app.
Roisin Wood, director of Kick It Out, said: “It is important that people are aware of discrimination and its affects across all levels of the game and this consultation will help us better deliver our messages of equality and inclusion.
“We want to get a greater understanding of how Kick It Out can interact with the hundreds of thousands of people who give up their time to get involved with football at the grassroots level and help remove discrimination from the game.”
The consultation is open from April and June and will provide Kick It Out with important data as it looks to shape its work with grassroots and community football in the future.
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