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Tackling Antisemitism in Sport - February Recap

Updated: Mar 1

February marked another busy month for our Tackling Antisemitism in Sport team. The month began with our biggest workshop to date, with 200 part-time and full-time stewards from Leeds United receiving our steward-adapted antisemitism in football session. The aim of this session was to assist those who are on the ground on a matchday in identifying and dealing with any antisemitic incidents that arise in Elland Road Stadium, where the workshop was held.

Steward Workshop in Leeds
Arsenal Hub Workshop

This was followed by sessions a few days later for the young coaches, aged between 16-18, who are undertaking the Arsenal Foundation’s Sixth Form Development program. The young people were very engaged, with a varying degree of knowledge around the subject matter, but all keen to learn about Jewish culture and traditions, and how to ensure that football remains an inclusive space for the Jewish community in Britain.

Crystal Palace Workshop

We also held two regional workshops, the first in London, hosted by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park Stadium. Attendees included representatives from clubs such as Millwall, Charlton, QPR and Northampton Town and County FAs such as Hampshire FA. The workshop was very well-received, with attendees eager to engage their Jewish communities and to schedule further workshops within their respective clubs.

The second workshop was held at the end of the month in Bolton at Bolton Wanderers’ Toughsheet Community Stadium, which was well-attended by over 10 clubs and County FAs, including participants from Preston North End, Blackburn, Salford City and more. Following on the Northern trend, we also held workshops for Huddersfield Towns U18 academy squad, and for the staff team at Burnley following a talk from Holocaust survivor, Ike Alterman.

Following last month’s successful meetings with the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager at the FA, we were also invited to provide our workshop as a part of the FAs monthly ED&I ‘drop-in’ sessions, firstly for representatives from each of the 50 County FAs, and then by-invite for their Inclusion Advisory Groups.

Wrapping up the month, we ran a workshop on the last Sunday of the month for Wingate and Finchley’s youth teams, aged U14 and upwards, with a follow-up scheduled for the first Sunday in March.

In total, our workshops reached representatives from over 30 different clubs and County FA's this month, as we continue to unite football against antisemitism.

For more information about our ‘Tackling Antisemitism in Sport’ project, please click here.

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