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Wiltshire based sports project aims to Kick Racism out of Football

Wiltshire based sports project aims to Kick Racism out of Football

Young people aged 11 to 19 are being invited to Kick It Out events during this October half term (24 and 28 October).   Wiltshire Council has teamed up with Swindon Town Football in the Community to deliver the events from 11am to 4pm. at Salisbury and South Wilts Sports Club astro-turf on Monday, 24 October, and Stanley Park, Chippenham on the Friday, 28 October.   They will feature a Street Skillz Championship with activities including crossbar, speed gun, rebounder, chip bin, and keep up challenges, as well as SAQ course and target ring. Anyone who gets involved could be crowned Wiltshire Council’s KIO Street Skillz Champion 2016. The events will also incorporate the Ability Sports programme for young people aged 9 to 18 years with a disability.   Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for leisure, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people from across Wiltshire to show their support for a national campaign while keeping fit and healthy by taking part in sports skills, competition and leadership activities.   “I would encourage everyone from 11 to 19 to get involved.”   Both events will also include tournaments for 14 to 16 year olds, the winners of which will compete in a grand final at half time of Swindon Town’s fixture with Charlton Athletic in November. Individuals, groups of friends, youth groups and other community organisations are encouraged to get involved.   Kick it Out is Football’s equity and inclusion campaign and uses football as a tool to promote inclusion, challenge discrimination and to work for positive change. The Kick it Out campaign has also broadened its remit in order to challenge issues regarding sexuality in sport.   It is funded by the Premier League and due to this has been able to establish a strong national profile with professional players lending their support to the campaign. Annual Kick It Out weeks of action have been delivered locally across the country in order to spread the principles of Kick it Out at a grass roots level.   Further information about the project can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-activities-for-young-people   Alternatively, to register your interest or to book a place, please contact Karlene Jammeh, sports development officer on 01722 434437 or email sportsdevelopment@wiltshire.gov.uk


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