Between 3rd – 9th December, SWFCCP Premier League Kicks participants came together to support the Premier League and Stonewall, by promoting equality and diversity for all.

Throughout the week, SWFCCP’s youth club participants received educational diversity workshops to celebrate Stonewall’s 2019/2020 Rainbow Laces campaign, showing support for all LGBTQ+ people within football and beyond.

Paul Hebda, SWFCCP Kicks Coordinator said: “Discrimination is a major issue not only within football and sport, but worldwide. We want to be able to have these important discussions with young people.

“Based on my experience, many young people don’t fully understand racism and discrimination. But when these types of campaigns run, it offers a great opportunity to put on workshops that educates the younger generation on global societal problems such as discrimination.”

During the week, several SWFCCP Kicks volunteers also showed their support for the campaign. They supported staff by wearing rainbow laces in their trainers/football boots, during their training sessions and match days.

Paul added: “It’s great to see our young volunteers getting involved and showing their support for the campaign. Our participants look up to the volunteers and will often copy their actions. With our volunteers also showing support, it reflects on the rest of our Kicks participants, making it easier for us to educate and speak to the participants around certain topics such as racism and homophobia.”

Rainbow 2

Above: : Volunteer (middle) and participants showing support for the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign during our Saturday Kicks session