Lions honoured for Anti-Racism work
Whilst no-one, least of all ourselves at Millwall, will be happy until the last remaining individuals who display discriminatory attitudes are removed from our football stadia, everyone associated with the game who have worked tirelessly to see significant progress made over the past two decades, can be proud of their achievements.
This weekend, Millwall will be supporting another anti-discriminatory campaign, Football v. Homophobia, in the hope that we can again make a contribution towards eradicating all forms of prejudice from the game.
“We are really pleased to be recognising the hard work of Millwall F.C in challenging racism. The club have been running their own anti-racism initiative for the last 20 years and have always supported the Show Racism the Red Card campaign through educational events at The Den, the vast majority of which have been attended by first team players.
Established in 1994, the Millwall Anti-Racism Trust (now Millwall for All Trust) was one of the first bodies of its kind in the country. The Millwall for All committee has representatives from Millwall
lub, supporters club, minority communities, local residents and council members. It has helped the club earn a reputation as one of the most progressive in the country in this area.
The newly formed 'Millwall Fan Education Scheme',* run in conjunction with British Transport Police, aims to engage with Millwall supporters under the age of eighteen who have been caught up in anti-social and discriminating behaviour whilst on their travels to, from or at Millwall matches. Individuals complete a wide range of anti-racism, educational and awareness workshops, including drug and alcohol awareness and conflict resolution.
As part of their engagement with the local community Millwall have produced information packs in Spanish, Portuguese and Polish with the aim of encouraging a wider diversity of fans attending The Den on a regular basis.
he FA Level One courses run by our Community Trust has Spanish and Portuguese course material. T Millwall have also donated kit to the Millwall-for-All Trust 11-a-side league and have helped 88 coaches, who have English as a second language, gain FA Level One qualifications. The Lions have also provided more than 1,000 hours of coaching to local BAME groups.
The Lions are one of 13 English professional clubs and the first Football League club to have achieved the Intermediate Racial Equality Standard awarded by Kick It Out. Every season, Millwall organise their annual community match and in the last 17 years the club have donated more than 25,000 tickets to local initiatives promoting community cohesion.