Rochdale AFC are proud to be supporting the work of Kick It Out at our home match against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Since 1993, Kick It Out has worked throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.
Throughout the 2017/8 season, Kick It Out is running an initiative – Call Full Time On Hate – which aims to utilise and engage the collective force of football to tackle discrimination and hate incidents at every level of the game.
The initiative also seeks to highlight the positive messages of inclusion echoed by the football authorities, clubs, players, managers and supporters’ groups.
Rochdale AFC is fully behind #CallFullTimeOnHate, and the Club are showing their support for the initiative before the match with players wearing Kick It Out t-shirts, and at half-time with the final of One Community One Cup, a 5-a-side tournament contested between local schools.
30 invites were sent out to local schools to take part in the tournament, giving youngsters the chance to play on the Crown Oil Arena pitch at half-time of Saturday’s designated Kick It Out fixture.
Marland Hill Primary School and Deeplish Community School came out on top in the Preliminary Rounds at the Soccer Factory in Rochdale last Tuesday, and will be showcasing their talents during the break.
The easiest way to report discrimination is to download the Kick It Out app which allows users to confidentially report incidents of discrimination seen or heard at a football match or online.
The app, which is available to download for FREE on iPhone or Android, allows users the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to aid investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour at matches. Users can also report incidents of football-related discrimination to Kick It Out on social media.
Reporting via the app is confidential, and sits alongside the organisation’s well-established methods of reporting, including via email and Freephone. Supporters can contact Kick it Out on 0800 169 9414 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org