Aldershot Town’s Non-League Day fixture against Altrincham has been chosen as one of four Fans For Diversity games by Kick It Out and the Football Supporters Federation – with Fans For Diversity becoming temporary sponsors of the EBB Stadium’s Community Stand!
Along with Boreham Wood’s game against Welling, Bromsgrove Sporting v Pershore Town and Sheffield FC v Loughborough Dynamo, The Shots have been chosen to celebrate the work of football’s equality and inclusion organisation this Saturday.
Fans For Diversity have purchased one of the Community Stand’s debentures, which gives local children and youth groups the chance to enjoy Shots matches for free and help to bring a new generation of supporters to the Club from across the community.
Their support has also made it possible for the Club to offer free entry to season ticket holders of Premier League and Championship clubs, to encourage other fans to support non-league football for the day and hopefully return for future matches.
This Saturday, both sets of players, management and supporters will embrace the diversity of English football by wearing Kick It Out t-shirts and donning badges and stickers as they show their support for equality.
Fans For Diversity will visit the EBB Stadium on Monday afternoon, to deliver banners, t-shirts, stickers and badges, as well as learn more about Aldershot Town’s work in the community. Sky Sports News will also be covering the visit.
Roisin Wood, Director of Kick It Out, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with Non-League Day. Over the past five years Non-League Day has developed into one of the most important dates for the semi-professional and amateur game, as it recognises a level of football which often doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
“Last season was our biggest involvement to date, with Blyth Spartans, Dulwich Hamlet, Lewes and Marine all dedicating their fixtures to Kick It Out. This was a major success and we want to continue that with the clubs involved this year. It is vital that the organisation’s key messages of equality and inclusion are spread across the Non-League and grassroots game and we are thrilled that Aldershot Town has agreed to promote the work of Kick It Out.”
Founded in 1993, Kick It Out has altered the landscape of football by campaigning to make the game a more safe, welcoming and comfortable environment free of all forms of discrimination. To keep up-to-date with news from Kick It Out ahead of Non-League Day, you can download the latest version of the Kick It Out Reporting app for FREE, via the App Store and Google Play. The second version of the app has focused on gathering more conclusive evidence for investigations with new functionality allowing media to be attached to reports.