Reflections upon the ‘Fans for Diversity’ conference.

OSA were proud to represent the club and fans of Notts County at the recent Fans for Diversity conference hosted at the Amnesty International HQ in London on the 20th September this year by two national organisations, the FSA (Football Supporters Association), and Kick It Out. jointly heading up a Fans for Diversity campaign.

The aim of the conference was to provide an opportunity to bringrepresentatives from the fans of various clubs (from Premiership toNon-League) together to discuss and strategise forming new projects,sharing insights, learning from existing initiatives, and tocelebrate the successes achieved in promoting equality for all fans,players, and club staff to enjoy the football experience free fromdiscrimination and prejudice.

The principal organisers were the Fans for Diversity campaign guidance group, who individually or collectively assist, encourage, and fund (partially), as well as promote initiatives to foster an inclusive respectful spirit for all irrespective of background, colour, creed, identity, or faith. Among the inspiring figures at the conference was the guidance group member and chairman of Blues 4 All (a Birmingham City FC initiative) Micky Singh a Sikh football fan seen pictured below with OSA Vice chair Loz Clough, and secretary Patricia Akers.

The conference was informative, uplifting, and gave each of us present opportunities to consider how via sport we could engender a more welcoming inclusive friendly environment at our respective clubs reducing discrimination and prejudice. An existing aspect of the campaign has seen clear anonymous methods created to report discrimination including an app (for the technology savvy).

We look forward to Notts County through future events and initiativescreating stronger inter-community links based on the mutual love ofthe game across diverse groups.