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Exeter City supports the national Kick it Out (KIO) campaign – demonstrating the club’s commitment to equality and diversity on and off the pitch.

Portsmouth FC v. ECFC, 28 Jan 2017.

L-R: Ollie Watkins, City’s OGOC ambassador, Mark Jamieson, Kick it Out, Martin Weiler, ECFC Trust Chair, Ashley Brown, Pompey Trust Chair, Noel Hunt, Pompey KIO ambassador and Colin Farmery, equality lead at Portsmouth FC

What is the campaign?

Kick It Out was established in 1997 but had its origins in the Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football campaign formed in 1993.

Kick It Out works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and work for positive change.

The campaign is supported and funded by the game’s governing bodies, including founding body the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), the Premier League and The Football Association.

The scope and scale of Kick It Out’s work has shifted with the footballing landscape, and matters concerning gender, sexual orientation, age, religion and disability are now as much a part of the campaign’s remit as race and skin colour were back in 1993. This is reflected in the Equality Standard, a framework devised for clubs to help with their equality and diversity practices. To find out more about Kick It Out go its website at www.kickitout.org.

Exeter City’s campaign group

Exeter City has long been recognised for playing a positive role in the Kick it Out campaign. The club has had an active Kick it Out group since 1997; now working under the One Game One Community banner.

Exeter City’s One Game One Community (Kick It Out) Group comes under the umbrella of the Supporters’ Trust. The Group coordinator is Martin Weiler who is also Chair of the Trust . The campaign’s activities are overseen by the Board’s Community sub-group.

We’re delighted that for the 2016/17 season, first team player Ollie Watkins has continued as Exeter City’s One Game, One Community Ambassador.

We are also honoured to have been selected as this season’s Grecian Group of the Year, receiving the award before the Morecambe home game on 30 April 2016.

Designated games

Each year the club holds special designated One Game One Community matches when our commitment to equality and diversity are celebrated. Recent games have focused on Women and Girls in football (see picture above), Football v Homophobia, Disability and Racism. This year’s ‘Season of Action’ game was held on Saturday 26 November 2016 (City v Luton) when the focus was on dementia action.  The Club’s designated ‘Football v Homophobia’ match is v Stevenage on 18 February 2017.

A 5 aside tournament is held each summer particularly aimed at local black and minority ethnic players. Last year’s was held on Sunday 3 July 2016.  For more information and to register a team please contact donna.langdon@ecfc.co.uk

An annual Futsal tournament is also held. Last year’s took place on 17 April 2016 and was won by FC Ballers who defeated former winners Afghan United in the final.

We work closely with and get enormous help from the Exeter City Football in the Community team. We support local community events including Exeter Respect and Exeter Pride.

To Contact Us

If you would like more information on what we do or would like to volunteer to work with us please contact  us at: kickitout@exetercityfc.co.uk

Julian Tagg and Karen Mellanby, a national director of Mind, with other representatives of the Trust, Football in the Community and invited guests

FC Ballers, winners of the One Game One Community Futsal Tournament 2016