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Marking 20 years of Kick It Out #KiO20

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 17 March 2014  - 10:30

This Sunday's game against Southampton is our chosen fixture supporting Kick It Out's 'Season of Action'.

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Launched in 1993, Kick It Out works with football authorities, professional clubs, players, fans and communities to tackle all forms of discrimination.

The campaign has so far seen the launch of a free downloadable app to help fans report abuse, and features a number of events looking at the origins of the movement and projecting the next phase of activities to rid football of racism, homophobia and all forms of discrimination.

As the campaign looks forward to the next 20 years, its commitment to partnership work is as strong as ever. Kick It Out works with all involved in football for the benefit of the sport with its enabling and facilitating roles meaning it’s a resource for change within the game.

In the week running up to the Southampton match, both the Club and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will be involved in a number of activities marking 20 years of football’s equality and inclusion campaign.

Expect to hear about an anti-racism workshop with Younes Kaboul and Troy Townsend at Northumberland Park School; how our team of Disability Stewards have been up-skilling to help fans with disabilities; the Foundation’s work with Enfield Town Disability Football Team; the club’s ‘week of action’ for Level Playing Field; and a special presentation due to take place at the game this weekend recognising our efforts to combat discrimination. Not forgetting that pre-match on Sunday, players will be warming up in Kick It Out t-shirts.

Earlier this season, Spurs legend Garth Crooks delivered a seminar on quality in football to players in our Academy, in association with Kick It Out. The former striker gave an in-depth account of his experiences of racism during his playing career and the steps that have since been taken to eradicate it from the game. Click here to see the video.

As part of Tottenham Hotspur’s on-going commitment to tackling issues related to inequality, the Club recently helped set up its first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) fan group, the Proud Lilywhites, backed by Kick It Out and Stonewall.

Through the award-winning Tottenham Hotspur Foundation there are number of projects and programmes in place to ensure fans and supporters of all capabilities have access to football.

For information about Kick It Out and how Tottenham Hotspur is supporting the campaign, keep an eye on the Club’s news feed, social media channels and Spurs TV or visit www.kickitout.org.