Anti-racism award for Arsenal
AISA has congratulated Arsenal on achieving Kick It Out's Equality Standard. AISA committee member, Mairin Power said:
"We are delighted that Arsenal continues to prioritise this area of work, and has such a strong reputation in promoting inclusiveness for all at the Club."
Lord Herman Ouseley, Kick It Out’s chair, presented the award to Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood prior to the club's home game with Portsmouth. Kick It Out’s Equality Standard is a framework document which encourages and supports the development of racial equality practice at professional clubs in the UK.
Arsenal’s successful submission for the Standard is a result of the club furthering equality measures in line with criteria specified including within Emirates Stadium and its outreach, within policies and planning as well as in the club’s administration and management.
Arsenal’s CEO Ivan Gazidis said: “This is a great achievement for Arsenal and is something of which the supporters and staff can all be very proud. Our ‘Arsenal For Everyone’ initiative shows just how important diversity and equality is to the club and it’s fantastic that our efforts in this area have been recognised."
Kick It Out Director Piara Powar said: “This is great news for everyone at the club. It sets Arsenal’s work on diversity and equality as amongst the best in Europe. The Standard covers all areas of operation and shows that the club are serious in working with all communities and all individuals regardless of their background. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
The next step for the club is the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard, the highest level to be awarded by Kick It Out.
Football's annual Kick It Out fortnight, opposing racism and celebrating diversity and inclusion, starts just before the home match against Birmingham on 17 October. AISA will be promoting and supporting the celebrations, and is looking for volunteers to assist with distribution of our newsletter. To help out please contact firstname.lastname@example.org