Leicestershire & Rutland County FA and the FA encouraged all our clubs to join others across the country – from the Premier League to grassroots level – to help create a unique photographic record of football a century on from the Christmas Truce, to commemorate one of the most iconic moments of the First World War. #footballremembers
Whether it be on the playing fields in your local park, or surrounded by thousands of people at a top-flight game – discrimination has no place in football and if you witness it, we want to you to report it.
[Taken from a Leicester Mercury article]
One grassroots club making an impact is Leicester Nirvana. Within our county, the club nurtures the talents of young footballers between the ages of five through to under-18s.
However, staff from Nirvana have also looked to make a difference on an entirely different continent, with club representatives travelling to Gambia earlier this year to deliver equipment to villages and towns in the West African country.
Read more http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Work-Nirvana-makes-proud/story-24262540-detail/story.html
Figures contrast with percentages of players
The research data and analysis produced by Dr. Steven Bradbury of Loughborough University, a leading expert in the field, cites institutional discrimination, the lack of open recruitment procedures and the negative experiences of ethnic minorities on coaching courses among the factors that are blocking the progress of ethnic minorities.
Read more here
Popular Leicester football club host feedback session on racism. Written by Poppy Brady
HEARTBROKEN AND feeling cheated were just some of the many emotions that consumed youngsters on the football pitch at Nirvana FC.
This was outlined in detail during a feedback session at the Nirvana Youth Conference organised last month by the popular Leicester Nirvana Football Club.
These were compiled as part of a report put together from the discussions about racism that young people had with members of the Football Association and Kick It Out.
And the youngsters have also presented both organisations with a ‘to do’ list of recommendations to try to stop the ugly behaviour in its tracks, both on and off the pitch.
For example, young people who play grassroots football want to see a clear plan for youth engagement, with the appointment of a young representative or shadow representatives sitting on strategic boards.
A part of the report read: "A research study in the US concluded that racial discrimination could affect a person’s long term health.
“One of the most disturbing messages to come out of the Nirvana consultation is that some young people have stated that continuously witnessing or being a victim of racial abuse has affected their view of the game and made them question their future participation.
“This is not an unfamiliar story as many parents and players have also made similar comments."
The report outlined further that many young people saw racism as part of the fabric of football and as their experiences of racism rose, their self-esteem plummeted.
‘The familiar issue of role models or a lack of them continues to surface," the report said. "Although this may seem to be accepted by young people, there is a real negative outlook to the possibilities of real achievement both on and off the pitch."
Importantly, the document noted that "the development of an inclusion and anti discrimination plan is a welcome initiative, but many clubs and players are still unaware of its existence."
Nirvana club spokesman, Ivan Liburd, said: “Consulting with young people on matters of discrimination in football transcend the boundaries of sport.
“Nirvana will continue to champion the voice of our youth in order to help progress positive change.”
The roadshow, organised to address the plethora of issues surrounding racism and inequality in football, sought the views of the hundreds of people in attendance through eliciting answers to pertinent questions relating to race and the beautiful game.
To read the article in the Voice newspaper click here http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/nirvana-fc-roadshow-exposes-shocking-truth
Key feedback from Nirvana conference in 2013
The purpose of this report is to feedback the views of delegates that attended the Nirvana conference event in partnership with the launch of the Race For Football Roadshows held
in 2013. The feedback is based around two headings – Is the football system failing all those involved in it regarding discrimination, race and equality; and what measures need to be taken or put in place to deliver better outcomes for those affected.
To read the full report click here