We remain fully committed to eliminating racism from football and participate in a number of initiatives aimed at achieving this objective. Once again the Club will participate in the Kick It Out week by promoting Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football in a number of different ways around our home game against Bolton on 23rd October 2004.
Based in one of the most ethnically diverse areas of Europe, Tottenham Hotspur are pleased to support the week with a number of activities at White Hart Lane. These include hosting the History of Black footballers exhibition and workshop, with local school children taking part in activities designed by the Club’s Learning Centre. The Learning Centre based at White Hart Lane will also hold a workshop over two days with Spurs Poet in Residence Sarah Wardle. The visiting children from local Haringey Primary schools will take part in a quiz on the history of black footballers before researching and producing an acrostic poem on Walter Tull; Walter Tull was one of Britain's first black professional footballers, playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 1908
Several talks to local school children by David Lammy MP, the MET police and a question and answer session with Tottenham Hotspur defender Anthony Gardner will all take place during the week of action. The home match against Bolton Wanderers on October 23rd will be the climax to the week, where the Club will continue to spell out it’s position on racism to supporters.
All the weeks’ activities and Tottenham Hotspurs’ ongoing work against racism will be filmed for inclusion in a Tottenham Hotspur against racism video project. The project has been awarded a Community Chest Grant, which is funded by the Football Foundation and Kick It Out.
Anthony Gardner, Tottenham Hotspur’s ambassador for the week of action commented: "The whole Club is fully committed to the week of action against racism. Despite the obvious progress made in recent years, elements of racism remain and everyone in football should continue to do all that we can to ensure that racism is once and for all eradicated from the game."
The week of action is now a firm fixture in the sporting and community calendar and has been co-ordinated by football’s anti-racism campaign, Kick It Out, as part of the game’s ongoing contribution to tackle racism. The week will take place between the 14th and 26th October with over 600 events taking place, including all 92 professional clubs and a number of conference and non— league clubs.
Lord Herman Ouseley, Chairman of Kick It Out, today commented: "The extended week of action provides evidence of the measurable success being achieved in kicking racism out of the game. The range and breadth of activities at both community and club levels are a testament to the positive work going on in football, particularly by engaging meaningfully with communities traditionally excluded from the game. Our key message for this year’s week of action is for the need to fend off complacency and keep up the ongoing battle against prejudice and exclusion, through education and positive engagement.”