Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, will once again be supporting Non League Day on Saturday 7 September as fans across the country are encouraged to support their local team during the weekend of international fixtures. Kick It Out is marking its 20 year anniversary with a special ‘season of action’. The support for Non League Day coincides with this, as a host of activities and events will recognise the work of Kick It Out throughout the season.
Grassroots clubs and community groups act as an important vehicle for Kick It Out in promoting diversity and anti discrimination. Clubs such as Stonewall FC and Sporting Bengal are vital in tackling underrepresentation in the professional sphere. Francis Duku, founder of Our Game, a support service for amateur and semi professional players, and, member of Kick It Out’s Professional Players Guidance Group, is thrilled that the clubs in the lower divisions are getting much deserved recognition.
“Non League Day is an absolutely fantastic idea. This is what the club, staff and the players at those type of clubs deserve, the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes is incredible,” said Francis. “The games always have good attendances, which is great for the club, especially in terms of income and recognition as they are fighting to survive.”