Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust are proud to support the #HerGameToo, Kick It Out & Fans For Diversity campaigns to help make football a game for all.
Following our statement at the start of the season in our support of players taking the knee, we are proud to continue promoting an anti-discrimination message. We have introduced new flags which have been present at games at the Robins High Performance Centre & Ashton Gate, and are proud to announce the introduction of our new “Football is a Game for All” flags, which feature the logos of Fans for Diversity; plus its two creators Kick It Out & the Football Supporters Association (FSA); and #HerGameToo.
Founded in May 2021, #HerGameToo is a campaign that aims to tackle sexism in football and advocate for equal opportunities in the game for anyone regardless of gender identity. They are a group of 12 female football fans nationally who regularly attend games but have sadly been subjected to sexist abuse online & in person. They have been actively encouraging football clubs to support us and take action to make football a safe place for everyone. This includes the presence of the HGT logo around grounds, and numbers to report sexist abuse people may witness. Two of the founder members are Bristol City season ticket holders; Eve Ralph & Leah Case.
Speaking to the Trust, Leah Case said:
“It means the world to have Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust’s backing. The launch of the new flag stands for all forms of discrimination and it is an absolute honour to have our logo on display, both at Ashton Gate and the Robins High Performance Centre! We are looking forward to further working with the Supporters Club & Trust to raise awareness of an issue that is often too forgotten.”
We’d like to thank Leah Case for not only designing the new Football is a Game for All flags, but also for her & Eve Ralph in attending our recent board meetings to discuss the campaign with us. More details of #HerGameToo can be found here.
Fans for Diversity
The Fans for Diversity campaign is a joint project by the Football Supporters’ Association and Kick It Out. It’s been running since 2014. Its aim is simple – to celebrate diversity in football to ensure all fans feel safe and welcome at the game, regardless of; age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.
The campaign’s aim is to support and empower people to enjoy a fantastic matchday experience – to overcome exclusion or a perception of exclusion, to engage clubs and other supporters to welcome those who might believe football is for ‘them’ not ‘me’.
The campaign wants all fans to be visible, be welcomed, be accepted; making football a place where people can enjoy the beautiful game without fear of discrimination and abuse.
More details about Fans for Diversity, and how to get funding on a project can be found here.
Kick It Out
Kick It Out is English football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
Working throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change, Kick It Out is at the heart of the fight against discrimination for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.
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 established as a body in 1997 as it widened out its objectives to cover all aspects of discrimination, inequality and exclusion.
More information about Kick It Out can be found here.