Lincoln City Foundation was proud to coordinate the Kick it Out dedicated fixture against Northampton Town FC. Lincoln City Foundation alongside the Club want to continue their work to eradicate discrimination in the game.
Since 1993, Kick It Out has worked throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.
A small independent charity, the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign, was established in 1993 in response to widespread calls from clubs, players and fans to tackle racist attitudes existing within the game. Kick It Out was then introduced as a body in 1997, as it widened out its objectives to cover all aspects of inequality and exclusion.
Lincoln City Foundation and the Club does not tolerate discrimination in any form, on the pitch or in the stands. As such, we take part in several anti-racism initiatives each season, particularly in local schools where we deliver Stand Up Speak Up courses, which challenge children on the effects of discrimination through interactive activities. Together with the rest of the football community, we participate in a week of action in partnership with Kick it Out, aimed at eliminating racism from the game permanently.
In the week leading up to our dedicated game, Lincoln City Foundation have worked across a number of primary schools and set a poetry competition. Children developed a poem promoting anti-discrimination and the football for all message. The Lincoln City players then picked their favourite, which saw Neve Taylor from Sir Francis Hill School win!
Lincoln City Foundation also worked alongside LISA (Lady Imps Supporters Association) to invite the Afghan community and attendees of the Lincoln Mosque to the fixture. This was not only the first time they were attending a game at Sincil Bank, but for some, was the first ever match they have been to. They all enjoyed the game and have all discussed about attending future games.
Fans attending matches here at Sincil Bank Stadium can report incidents of discrimination directly to Kick It Out via the Kick It Out app, and these incidents are then communicated to the club to investigate. The app offers users the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to aid investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour at matches.