Throughout this week Nottingham Forest FC alongside The Community Trust have been showing their support for the national ‘Kick It Out’ campaign. During our week of action, we looked to include all areas of The Club and the Community Trusts outreach programmes to promote ‘Kick It Out’ and its core aims. From inviting 100 primary school children to The City Ground for workshops, to interviewing first team players and Aitor Karanka on the issue of racism within football, we had it covered!
Kick It Out helps to promote awareness of the benefits of equality, inclusion, diversity policies and practices in football, as well as expose and challenge all aspects of discrimination, unfair practices and conduct at all levels of football. We spoke to our Technical Director at Nottingham Forest Girls Regional Talent Club Alena Moulton about her passion for equality within football:
Alena Started as a Community Coach aged just 14 through a family friend as a way of earning a bit of extra cash whilst studying at University. At first it wasn’t something she particularly enjoyed, but she soon grew to love her role after opportunities started to come her way and she went on to complete her Level 2 coaching qualification through the FA, and Level 3 (UEFA B). Alena has continued to rise through the coaching ranks and is currently completing her FA level 4 (UEFA A) coaching football course.
Alena is also one of the success stories of the inaugural BAME mentee programme, a scheme which aims to help redress the significant under representation of BAME coaches at the top level of the game. Alena states “The opportunity gave me the confidence to believe in my own achievements and goals” something which she now instills within the players she coaches and the training staff she works beside.
In line with the mentee programme, Alena is a huge advocate for the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign and went on to state “Kick it out was set up to eradicate any kind of discrimination within football, there are a number of different ways the campaign highlights issues of racism within football and the support available for those who may see or experience this first hand, no one is alone”. “Everyone has someone who can help, all clubs have a safeguarding officer from grassroots, through to professional teams”. “Kick it out support the players, the fans and a lot of other people within the football industry”
For more information on the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign please go to http://www.kickitout.org/