Secondary school in Kilburn kicks off sport inequality campaign

Sixth form football team at St Augustine's launching a kick it out campaign by wearing rainbow laces

Sixth form football team at St Augustine's launching a kick it out campaign by wearing rainbow laces - Credit: Archant

A secondary school in Kilburn are kicking off a new campaign to stamp out inequalities within sport.

The PE department at St Augustine’s CE High School in Oxford Road, are launching its Bigger Picture Project in support of Arsenal FC’s own rainbow laces campaign designed to raise awareness of homophobia in sport.

The sixth form football team are leading the kick it out campaign by lacing up in colourful laces in forthcoming fixtures.

Head boy and captain of the football team, Justice Dapaa, said he wanted everyone to participate in sport regardless of who they are.

He added: “As the current league leaders in our borough we are trying to adopt the example set by Arsenal FC and kick all aspects of inequality out of football. We want everyone, regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation to be able to participate and enjoy it.

“Football is a sport that’s often credited with unity and we at St Augustine’s enforce a zero-tolerance approach to any form of derogatory language. Through wearing multicoloured laces, the football team are trying to set a precedent for wider change in order to make football and sport accessible to anyone and everyone.”

As part of the PE departments push to promote gender equality in sports, staff recently took a group of students to Wembley stadium to watch the England Women’s football team take on Germany.

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To welcome more females in the sport they are looking at kicking out gender inequality, and kicking out racism, in projects to run throughout the year.

PE teacher Sam Ebzao said they were considering “all inequality types”: “It’s about making students feel comfortable no matter what their race is, their gender or their sexual orientation.

“Sport is a major vehicle which can be used for youngsters to learn greater life skills and that’s essentially what we’re doing.

“We want the 6th form to kick start the campaign but then it’s a project we want to filter down the school to other years, running in line with a zero tolerance policy we have at our school, the sense of equality and reinforcing these values.”