This weekend's fixture against Notts County will see us host our dedicated fixture to the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
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 2016/17 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.
Grimsby Town Football Club are fully supportive of the initiative and in addition to its support in the matchday programme, the club will be supporting the initiative on social media, as well as through Kick It Out resources such as posters, t-shirts and LED board advertisements inside Blundell Park.
We at Grimsby Town Football Club are committed to confront, challenge and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, ageism, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.
The Kick It Out app released in August 2015, allowing users to confidentially report incidents of discrimination seen or heard at a football match.
The app also offers 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 platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is recommended that discriminatory posts on social media are screenshotted in case they are deleted before Kick It Out can file a report.
Reports should preferably be sent to Kick It Out in a private message to ensure the safety of those reporting the incident.
Reports can be made anonymously from all professional or semi-professional fixtures or at any grassroots game. 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 by emailing email@example.com or Grimsby Town Football Club on 01472 605050.
We want to remove discrimination from the game and we can only do this with the help and support of all fans.
By downloading the app, you’ll be able to ensure that discrimination does not go unchallenged and help Grimsby Town Football Club and Kick It Out make Blundell Park a safe, Welcoming and inclusive place for all.