Huddersfield Town players to wear Kick It Out shirts ahead of Leicester City game
- Town backs the Premier League’s No Room for Racism Campaign
- Campaign shows that racism is not acceptable in football
- Huddersfield Town players will don Kick It Out warm-up shirts
Huddersfield Town is supporting the Premier League’s No Room for Racism campaign, which shows a continued commitment to equality and diversity by using the power and popularity of the competition to oppose racism in football.
The campaign runs until Monday 8 April 2019 and will make clear that racism is not acceptable in our competition or wider sport, while also celebrating diversity and the significant contribution made by Kick It Out in tackling discrimination since they were formed 25 years ago.
The Terriers’ home game against Leicester City on Saturday 6 April 2019 will see Town players warm-up in special Kick It Out shirts, whilst the Club Captains of both teams will wear Kick It Out Captain armbands.
There will be a Kick It Out flag brought onto the pitch by young people who take part in the Town Foundation’s Kicks programme, whilst the Club’s match day programme, The Terrier, will also include some special features.
Club mascots Terry and Tilly the Terriers will also be on hand wearing their Kick It Out shirts. Come and say hello to them as they are handing out Kick It Out wristbands and stickers prior to the game.
Last month, the Premier League and its clubs discussed enhancing the range of programmes currently run to promote inclusion and diversity across football. All clubs agreed that, while good work has been undertaken, more needs to be done to ensure BAME fans and players are supported.
Clubs also backed plans to further improve career pathways to encourage more people from different backgrounds to take up coaching, refereeing and administrative roles in the sport.
Huddersfield Town’s Supporter Services Manager, Robyn Kennerdale, commented:
“We launched our Terriers Together initiative at the start of the season, which highlights all the positive work we are doing at the Club and the Town Foundation to promote diversity and inclusion.
“Everyone should be able to attend a football match and here at Huddersfield Town we are working hard to make sure that everyone feels that they can attend matches at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“We are proud of our label as a community club and we want Huddersfield Town to be accessible to everyone.”
Premier League Interim Chief Executive Richard Masters said:
“Together with our clubs, we are proud of the diversity throughout the Premier League, in the stands, on the pitch and within our communities.
“Working with Kick It Out since 1993, great progress has been made in tackling racism through a range of initiatives and club partnerships. We are also aware that much more needs to be done, and the Premier League is committed to further promoting inclusion and diversity throughout our competition and beyond.
“It is evident there is still a minority of people who think discriminatory behaviour is acceptable, but the No Room for Racism campaign makes it clear that it will not be accepted by the Premier League and our clubs.
“We know how passionate football fans are, but this should never lead to any form of prejudice. We want everybody to be positive and respectful, create a welcoming atmosphere and show that football is everyone’s game.”
Huddersfield Town supports the Premier League, Kick It Out and football’s other bodies in working together to make football a truly welcoming sport. This includes ensuring that offences can be readily reported and that all available sanctions are used to deter offending and to punish those found guilty of racism.
Everyone attending or taking part in a football match has the right to feel safe, valued and included and we encourage supporters to continue to play their part in this. If you witness racist behaviour at a match or around a stadium, please report it to the police or a steward.
If you ever hear anything at Town matches that makes you feel uncomfortable or you believe qualifies as abusive behaviour, you can contact our report line. Phone or text 07741 528949, telling us which block and stand you are in.
You can also report racism by using the Kick It Out reporting app or website.