Bath City are the latest club to promote the diversity of their supporters with a “My Club, My Shirt” project – celebrating their fans with a portrait exhibition at their final home game earlier this month.
The Fans for Diversity campaign, a partnership between the FSA and Kick It Out, continues to assist supporters around the country, and we spoke to campaign lead Anwar Uddin about recent work to promote diversity via three new projects in London…
The FSA’s Fans for Diversity campaign and Women’s Game network are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bend It Like Beckham – a film which, upon its release, inspired a generation of young girls to get involved with football as players and supporters.
It’s International Women’s Day and we thought it would be a good idea to speak to some of the women involved with FSA affiliates and projects to hear a little more about their football experiences. The cast? Maria Ryder (Lady Imps), Kate Lewers (Women of Watford) and Hannah Kumari whose Fans for Diversity-backed show ENG-ER-LAND is currently touring the country.
ENG-ER-LAND is a one woman show, written by Coventry City fan Hannah Kumari, and inspired by her experiences of falling in love with football as a mixed race teenager in the 90s. The play is set in 1997, one year after Euro ‘96, the tournament which defined the football decade in England.
The report of our Women at the Match survey has been released, giving fans more details on the work that was carried out earlier this year when we polled women supporters from both the men’s and women’s game.
Supporters’ group the Bangla Bantams are developing new facilities in the shadow of Valley Parade which will benefit all supporters – from kids in the community and grassroots football to fans who’ve travelled across the country following their team.
Research commissioned by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) found there was a 48% increase in unmoderated racist online abuse in the second half of the 2020-21 football season, with 50% of abusive accounts coming from the UK.
The FSA’s Fans for Diversity campaign is launching a major survey on women’s fans attitudes on attending football, and is looking for women fans from both the men’s and women’s games to give us their insight.