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YCFC & YCST supporting the Kick it out campaign

From Saturday's programme...

There have been very few instances of racist behaviour at Bootham Crescent, but York City Football Club takes the view that we also have a responsibility in the wider community to help counter such behaviour and its destructive effects.

York City wants to be a community club, and we hope our support of Kick It’s activities can be part of a process by which the club, its supporters, and its players extend the hand of friendship to all of York’s communities.

Countering racism is just one aspect of this, and we intend in future to extend our community involvement to a wide range of events and initiatives to help place our club at the centre of the community, and put us on the road to meeting the Supporters’ Trust’s aspiration of “building trust between club and community”.

Today, we are pleased to welcome several guests to Bootham Crescent:

The Sheriff of York, councillor Bob Scrase (representing the Lord Mayor) and Kathryn Cummings are here on behalf of the York-Fanteakwa Link, which is one of the Lord Mayor’s charities this year. Fanteakwa is a district of Ghana, which has links to York through the cocoa trade.

York Racial Equality Network (01904 642600) promotes awareness of the needs of black and ethnic minority people in the York area. YREN also provides independent and impartial information and support to individuals who are experiencing racial harassment, victimisation, discrimination, or isolation.

York Bengali Association runs a Sunday school to teach the Bengali language. It also organises and celebrates Muslim festivals, and is involved in the teaching and celebration of Bangladeshi culture and history.

Julian Horsler (01904 551704) is an Equality Officer with the City of York Council. He advises the council on how it can make its services and practices more accessible and appropriate for minority groups. This includes helping to make York an inclusive city, which values the contribution of all sections of the local community regardless of ethnicity or faith.

Catherine Leonard (01904 554329) is co-ordinator for the Ethnic Minority Support Service, which is part of the council’s education service, and is responsible for a team of teachers who support children learning English. There are around one thousand children from ethnic minority communities in York schools, speaking forty languages.
Trina Spence (01904 669069) is the Safer York Partnership's Racial Harassment Information Coordinator. The Safer York Partnership works closely with City of York, and maintains a database of racist incidents. SYP links closely with YREN in promoting racial awareness by producing leaflets, and assisting with Open Forums.

 
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