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Grimsby Town Football Club pledge support for Kick It Out’s #TakeAStand campaign

6 March 2021

Grimsby Town Football Club are proud to be supporting Kick It Out’s campaign, Take A Stand, which is calling for action in the fight against discrimination in football.

Most football fans will have witnessed some form of discrimination in football – on the terraces, in dressing rooms or on social media – but more needs to be done to move from awareness to action. Take A Stand is both a challenge and an invitation for individuals and organisations to publicly commit to their own pledge. It is also a movement that everyone can play a part in.

 

Grimsby Town Football Club are supporting the initiative by designated our home fixture against Forest Green Rovers to the continued work and our support of Kick It Out. Adie Merrikin, GTFC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer said ‘We have unfortunately seen so many cases of discrimination within football and in our society over recent months, we have also seen Black Lives Matter protests, players taking the knee in a bid to end discrimination once and for all. I feel that we all need to play our part and take a stand to eliminate all forms of discrimination in the game we all love and society in general.

 

 

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, says: “Our Take A Stand campaign aims to tackle discrimination, but also create a culture where everyone belongs and individuals take personal responsibility for being part of the change. We can all do something to take a stand against hate and promote a more inclusive society. Our ambition is to turn bystanders into activists and to crowdsource solutions by capturing pledges of individual action. We want to use those pledges that we receive from the public and organisations, to turn them into insight and make anti-discrimination strategies better informed by understanding more about what people are doing on the ground.

 

Adie Merrikin continued to say ‘It is important to create a culture where individuals take personal responsibility for being part of the change. We continue to educate all our members of our staff here at Grimsby Town Football Club around the values of equality, diversity and inclusion, which includes players from the academy to senior level, managers, CEOs, stewards, shop assistants, coaches from Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust and ‘The Mariners Trust to enable us to be an inclusive organisation as much as we possibly can be’.

 

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, says: “Our Take A Stand campaign aims to tackle discrimination, but also create a culture where everyone belongs and individuals take personal responsibility for being part of the change. We can all do something to take a stand against hate and promote a more inclusive society. Our ambition is to turn bystanders into activists and to crowdsource solutions by capturing pledges of individual action. We want to use those pledges that we receive from the public and organisations, to turn them into insight and make anti-discrimination strategies better informed by understanding more about what people are doing on the ground.

 

 

“We know that social media can be a battleground of hate, which is why we’re working closely with Facebook and Twitter to improve that through looking at better regulation and enforcement, as well as updated and new reporting methods.”

 

Edleen John, The FA’s International, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Director, says: "We are committed to delivering a game that is free from discrimination and it is important that everybody plays their part in helping to achieve that. Take A Stand will give fans and others involved in the game the impetus to support us on this journey and tackle this issue head-on. We know that discrimination exists in society and often manifests itself through football, and only by working together across the game to drive meaningful change through action, can we truly ensure the game is a safe and enjoyable environment for all."

 

Should you encounter any form of discrimination when visiting the Blundell Park Stadium, please could you report it to us with as much information as possible. You can report incidents to the club by texting our reporting hotline 07926575610, by using the Kick It Out reporting app or by emailing adie@gtfc.co.uk or nick@gtfc.co.uk.


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