In 2011, Kick It Out, in conjunction with Ivor and David Baddiel, Fahrenheit Films and Maccabi GB, launched a short film called The Y Word, aimed at addressing anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish abuse within a football context.

To date, the film has been viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube and the video can be viewed at the top of this page.

David Baddiel said: “The film is not intended to censor football fans.  It's simply to raise awareness that the Y-word is - and has been for many, many years - a race hate word. It's our belief that some football fans may not even realise this, and the film is designed therefore to inform and raise debate."

Arsenal Football Club recently received Kick It Out’s Advanced Level of the Equality Standard Award, which will be formally presented to the Club at the home game against Blackburn Rovers on February 4.

Arsenal became the first football club to receive the award after providing detailed evidence on what it is doing to promote diversity and equality.  It includes work in the community, engagement with fans and the development of Club policies and processes to create equal opportunities for all, which is under the umbrella of ‘Arsenal for Everyone.’

The standard supports the development of equality and diversity practice at professional clubs in the UK.

Working under the Arsenal for Everyone initiative, Arsenal in the Community has worked on a number of interfaith programmes for many years in Islington and beyond.

These projects promote goodwill and understanding between young people of different faiths and no faith at all.

In addition, the Club also coordinates the annual World On Our Doorstep project, which celebrates the diverse make up of the Arsenal first-team squad and the parallels between the multicultural borough in which the Club is rooted.

In Arsenal’s time at Highbury, the Club developed a meaningful partnership with the Maimonides Foundation which promotes Jewish-Muslim interfaith relations. Since the move to Emirates Stadium, the Community Department has delivered Religious Education workshops in more than 100 local schools as well as hosting inter-faith days for faith schools from across London.

Over the last two years, the Club has worked with the Anne Frank Trust, which uses the power of Anne Frank’s life and diary to challenge prejudice and reduce hatred, encouraging people to embrace positive attitudes, responsibility and respect for others.

The Club supports their work with local schools, helping young people deliver projects that aim to end discrimination in their own schools and communities.

Away from London, the Club has delivered a project called ‘Arsenal in the Galilee’ since the late 1990s, which brings together Jewish and Muslim children through football in Israel.

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24 Jan 2012