Kick It Out’s One Game, One Community weeks of action are upon us, taking place from Saturday 13th through to Sunday 28th October 2012.
The players, staff and supporters of MK Dons will be pledging their support.
MK Dons and the Sport and Education Trust (SET) are delighted to be part of this most important national initiative to combat discrimination and racism and to promote equality and inclusion in all walks of life.
From inception the Club and SET have always taken a lead in demonstrating a united front on these issues and continue to work with Milton Keynes’ diverse communities to deliver quality activities and partnerships to promote inclusion.
Some of these activities include our annual MK Community Cup football festival in October; our anti-racism campaign launch event in November; the schools anti-racism competition throughout the school year; our Ability Counts disabilities parade day in April 2013 and our anti-racism parade day in April 2012. Add to this our 15 MK Dons disability football teams, 19 diverse community football groups and our joint lead in the Inclusive Sports Forum demonstrates our commitment to inclusion for all individuals and communities.
Kick It Out continues to operate as football’s equality and inclusion campaign, working with players at professional, grass roots and community level, clubs, managers and fans throughout the year.
It is during the weeks of action where the campaign is most visible, with this period acting as a united stand against discrimination and a call for equality. MK Dons will be flying the flag again this season as professional clubs across England and Wales will be making their own contribution by holding match day events and activities at their nominated fixture.
Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, is urging supporters to remain vigilant when it comes to reporting abuse, seen or heard within the stadium:
“Some of the worst excesses of abuse, where players, fans, even managers and coaches, were abused, harassed and attacked based on colour, race and religion, are now thankfully a thing of the past. But, pockets of unacceptable behaviour still exist. It’s the duty of everyone within the game to flag this up where and when it happens.
“It’s under the banner One Game, One Community which we tackle bigotry, intolerance and anti-social behaviour and its presence in our game. If something or someone is damaging your experience of football, share it with the appropriate governing body, club or contact Kick It Out where details will be taken, and acted upon.”