On Wednesday, November 20, AB Out, London, held an event addressing the issues facing European football around homophobia and racism in the game.
The event co-hosted by the co-chairs of AB Out in London, Emma King and Steve Greenwood.
Bethany Want, Marketing and Communications Officer at the Amateur FA was invited alongside Key Speaker for the night, Paul Elliot.
Bethany represented the Amateur FA to showcase the work we are currently doing to support the FA and Stonewall's Rainbow Laces Campaign fort his season. The event kicks off with the iconic Wembley Arch becoming a rainbow to be seen for miles across London.
Paul Elliott CBE, was the first person of color to play for Celtic and to captain Chelsea. He has spent 30 years tackling discrimination in football, was a founder member of “Kick It Out” and currently sits on The Football Association Inclusion Advisory Board. He spoke about his personal struggle and how support and challenge helped him overcome the situations he faced and how the same passion can help us make AB a diverse and inclusive place to work.
Bethany and Paul helped AB to launch the AB branded LGBT inclusive lanyards.
The event raised over £1,000 for the Kick it Out charity, which carries out anti-discrimination work within all areas of the game, including grassroots, and helps with diversionary tactics to keep young kids out of trouble.