Football is more than a just a game. We look forward to using the power of our national game to make a difference.
In November 2016, British football was rocked by a series of high-profile revelations regarding historic child sexual abuse. Several former professional players bravely waived their right to anonymity to speak out about their ordeals.
A number of those involved decided to set up The Offside Trust, a new organisation committed to supporting survivors and working to ensure that children involved in sport are safe, always.
The Trust is led by ex-footballer Steve Walters and former professional golfer Chris Unsworth, whose stories have inspired hundreds of people to speak out for the first time about their abuse. It is supported by a number of ambassadors, including Micky Fallon, Jason Dunford, Dean Radford and Billy Seymour.
Kick It Out is football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
The charity is working throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change. The organisation’s work is supported by the Premier League, The Football Association, the English Football League and the Professional Footballers Association.
Kick It Out is also a third party reporting bureau, assisting victims and witness of discrimination to ensure appropriate action is taken and that education and rehabilitation are provided.
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 inequality and exclusion.