Club Board meets with Kick It Out Chairman to develop new relationship…
By Matty Paddock - 25/02/2020
Posted 11 months ago
Kidderminster Harriers were excited to welcome Kick It Out Chairman Sanjay Bhandari to Aggborough this week to establish a long-term relationship with the organisation.
Recently-appointed Non Executive Director of Harriers, Monica Shafaq hosted the meeting with Sanjay, Harriers owner, Richard Lane and Interim CEO Neil Male as the club continues to take positive and decisive action as part of its pledge to better integrate itself within all aspects of the community.
Incredibly beneficial for all parties, the meeting proved invaluable in enabling Harriers to learn more about the fantastic work being done by Kick it Out in football across the UK, as the lead for positive change in terms of equality and inclusion in the sport and beyond.
The club Board were likewise able to share with Sanjay their vision for the future of the club, including their firm commitment to ensuring Harriers become a vehicle for helping to drive that change in football and the wider area as a whole – with non-league football in particular very much unrepresented when it comes to an active partnership with the organisation that began its work almost three decades ago.
It was evident that there are many ways in which Kidderminster Harriers and Kick It Out can work together, and the club intends to pursue those opportunities in establishing itself as a leader in football for equality, diversity and wellbeing for all.
“…[we] have a responsibility to make a positive contribution to the wider community.” Monica Shafaq
Monica said of the meeting: “Creating a culture within the club that supports and respects individuals personally and professionally is really important to the board, whether that be our staff, players, volunteers or fans.
“Clearly, equality and wellbeing play an integral role in achieving this aim effectively. We also however have a responsibility to make a positive contribution to the wider community and wish to lead by example so that other clubs follow suit.
“Working with the likes of Kick it Out and other organisations will help us to ensure that collectively, we have ‘one voice’ in identifying and tackling issues of inequality and its fantastic to have Sanjay’s support.
“The board and I will be looking at how we can engage with and attract the local community and businesses so that Harriers can be a ‘hub’ for all to be proud of.”
For more information on Kick It Out and how you can join the #KickItOutGeneration, visit their website.