Tuesday’s home game against Accrington Stanley will see us host our dedicated fixture to support the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
Since 1993, Kick It Out has worked throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.
Throughout the 2016/17 season, Kick It Out is running an initiative – Call Full Time On Hate – which aims to utilise and engage the collective force of football to tackle discrimination and hate incidents at every level of the game.
The initiative also seeks to highlight the positive messages of inclusion echoed by the football authorities, clubs, players, managers and supporters’ groups.
Hartlepool United are fully behind #CallFullTimeOnHate and in addition to its support in the programme today, the Club will be supporting the initiative on social media, as well as through Kick It Out resources such as posters, t-shirts and LED board advertisements inside The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Pools’ Social Inclusion Ambassador Nathan Thomas and his team mates are looking forward to recognising the work of Kick It Out during Tuesday’s game and beyond.
"The Club fully supports the Kick It Out campaign and it’s important to raise awareness to our supporters of the issues around discrimination," Thomas explained.
"Attending player visits is a perfect opportunity to educate young people from an early age, that everyone should be treated equally and not to discriminate against race, colour or religion."
Over the last year, Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, has reiterated with all of the football authorities his concerns on behalf of the organisation around rising levels of hate in society and believes support from professional clubs is an important step in tackling the issue.
"Our anti-hate initiative aims to build on existing positive education and awareness-raising projects, supported by clubs and their Foundations in their local communities.
"Football is at the forefront of helping its fans, players and young people in their local communities to understand the damaging effects of prejudice and discriminatory abuse.
"Call Full Time On Hate aims to ensure the game remains as inclusive and welcoming as possible and that it reiterates a zero tolerance approach to discrimination."