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One Game One Community draws to close

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Today marks the final day of Kick It Out’s the 2010 One Game One Community weeks of action. With more than 1,000 activities taking place over the past two weekends, the campaign is widely considered sport’s largest equality and community engagement initiative.

While the activities are often synonymous with badges worn by managers and t-shirts by their players there’s also a lot more going on which impacts on local communities and grassroots football. Many groups have used the weeks of action as a launch pad to build links with local professional clubs and County FAs.

One Game One Community acts as a focal point in supporting teachers, and others who work with young people, to use football within a learning environment to explore issues around race, equality and diversity. While Kick It Out was originally set up as an anti-racism initiative its scope has expanded with matters concerning gender, sexual orientation, religion and disability now as much a part of the campaign’s remit as race and skin colour were back in 1993.

The One Game One Community weeks of action rely on volunteers organising their own events, often in partnership with local schools. Kick It Out suggest contacting your local professional club to see if they can send a speaker into a local school or to see whether you can get involved in the activities they will be planning.

More suggestions are available on the Kick It Out site and you can tell Kick It Out about your event via events@kickitout.org. If you’d like to be involved in future Kick It Out work sign up to their e-bulletin from this link.

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe