Crystal Palace Football Club and Kick It Out are joining together to host a unique event which will see a panel of experts discuss the current issues and challenges surrounding discrimination, equality and inclusion within football.
The event will be hosted by former professional player and Kick It Out engagement officer, Paul Mortimer. The esteemed panel includes Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney, comedian and Palace for Life Foundation trustee Kevin Day, Steph Fuller from Proud & Palace, Anwar Uddin who will be representing the Football Supporters Federation and Mark Osikoya, who has a role in Global Partnerships with the NBA.
Anwar Uddin, who is sitting on the panel, while also being lead on the Fans For Diversity campaign for Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation, expressed his excitement about the upcoming event.
“It’s important for modern day football clubs to engage with their whole community.
“I think it’s brilliant that Crystal Palace are taking proactive measures and hosting an evening which will allow us to look at how the club can continue to become more inclusive.
“I’m proud that Fans For Diversity can play a role in opening up the conversation around diversity and inclusion at a major Premier League club, and look forward to working with Palace closely in the future.”
The event will be held at Selhurst Park on Thursday 22nd March and is free to attend, and gives people the opportunity to hear from those within football about diversity matters, and discuss what more can be done to engage further with our richly diverse community.
The event is open to all football enthusiasts and local residents who wish to discuss how the sport can further develop inclusive practices which support equality for all.
The club is committed to ensuring everyone feels welcome at Palace, and is dedicated to embedding itself even further within the south London community.
The event will be held in partnership with London South East Colleges who run a Foundation Football Academy in partnership the club. Their Director of Communications, Duncan Adams, said: "We are delighted to be supporting this event. London South East Colleges has a diverse student and staff base and strong links with the communities in which it operates. We’re passionate about supporting initiatives that help to build inclusive communities - and deepen our knowledge of equality and diversity issues."
Doors open at 6.00pm with the debate starting at 6.30pm and ending at 8.30pm. Ticket availability will be limited and must be booked in advance.