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Fans for Diversity

Bradford City fans show their support

The Fans for Diversity campaign is a joint project by the Football Supporters’ Association and Kick It Out. It’s been running since 2014. Its aim is simple – to celebrate diversity in football to ensure all fans feel safe and welcome at the game, regardless of; age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.

Football tribes, football colours and the love for your team – those are the only things which should separate one fan from another.

We understand the euphoria football can bring and the passion of being part of a community; shared experiences, the highs and the lows, all ‘in it’ together. We believe no one should feel excluded from something which connects people in a way nothing else can.

That’s the aim of the Fans for Diversity campaign, to support and empower people to enjoy a fantastic matchday experience – to overcome exclusion or a perception of exclusion, to engage clubs and other supporters to welcome those who might believe football is for ‘them’ not ‘me’.

This is not about sanitising the game and taking away what makes being in a football ground special; the raw atmosphere of defiance and jubilation which home teams want to build, and which away teams want to challenge.

It’s about acknowledging and developing matchdays which can be enjoyed by everyone – whether you want to bounce for 90 minutes after a few pints or give the mascot a cuddle and sit with the family. Pies and pakoras; Bovril and beer; a rainbow flag? It matters not once we’re in the stadium, we’re all fans with the same goal.

Being visible, being welcomed, being accepted. It’s a difficult journey for some and we want to make it easier, making football a place where people can enjoy our national game without fear of discrimination and abuse.

Bangla Bantams, Proud Lilywhites, Lady Imps, Blues for All, Apna Albion, Villains Together, Rover and Out, are just some of the groups championing our aims… and we know there are huge numbers of supporters actively making a difference.

When football unites: Lady Imps and Bangla Bantams cultural exchange:

Want to get involved? We’d love to hear from you

We have a small grant fund to help with your ideas so if you would like to create an event, a project or start a supporter group please email anwar.uddin@thefsa.org.uk

Thanks to PA Sport for the image used.

#ICYMI – Rash

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Macclesfield Town charged with misconduct after late payment of player wages

Macclesfield Town have been charged by the EFL for misconduct following the club’s failure to pay its players.

Vote now: FSA Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The Football Supporters’ Association is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2019 FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware – voting is open now, and fans can back their favourites here. One hundred and nine shortlisted candidates will battle it out across 18 categories, recognising everything from the best players of 2019 to the best away days and fanzines.

Free Lions 170 – Guide to Kosovo

England are back on the road this weekend as the Three Lions head to Kosovo to finish off their European Championship qualifying campaign.

FSA News

“Once in a lifetime opportunity” for the Railwaymen

Crewe Alexandra fans have a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to buy a significant chunk of the club as its current owner looks to sell up.

Elections to the FSA board

At the FSA National Council meeting held on 31st October, three new members of the FSA board were elected. 

FSA launches The Fans’ Manifesto

In a little over four weeks millions of football fans will head out to cast their vote in December’s General Election – and the main political parties will be publishing manifestos including policies which could affect football.

Guide to České Budějovice

The southern Czech city of České Budějovice will be hosting the Lionesses’ final game of 2019, against the hosts the Czech Republic. Hot on the heels from the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Germany in front of a record crowd at Wembley, this is Phil Neville’s last chance before the winter break to arrest a worrying dip in form following the World Cup performances in the summer. 

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  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

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  • FSE
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  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe