Engaging with grassroots football communities directly is vital in the journey to improve their experiences.
The BAME Football Forum event, At the Grass Root of Racism, will see attendees from the semi professional and professional game, the Local and National FA’s, Universities, the Police and the Police Crime Commissioners, the Local authority, National campaign groups and more. The forum is also urging non BAME clubs and members to attend the event and to be part of the conversations.
The event will give players, coaches, managers, parents and the public an opportunity to have further discussions on the important issue of racism and discrimination in football.
The 2018/19 football season continued to display a catalogue of racial incidents, from the England players in the Euro qualifying round in Montenegro, to the Championship player Duane Holmes who was abused in the dugout, all the way to grassroots football where local player suffered abuse in a cup final.
These events demonstrate there is still a real need for solutions and constructive and informed discussions not just within the BAME community in football but also within the wider community itself.