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The One Game, One Community Weeks Of Action are one of the most prominent equality and community engagement initiatives in the country.
The weeks have a strong community focus and play a role in celebrating diversity and inclusion.
The 2009 Weeks of Action will take place between the 15th and 27th October.
One Game, One Community
The period sees the game's biggest names stand alongside communities across the UK under the banner of 'One Game, One Community'.
Grassroots clubs, schools, community groups and fans join the professional game in coming together in symbolic activities promoting inclusion.
In 2008 more than 1000 events took place during the weeks of action, including a match day activity at all 92 professional clubs in England and Wales.
The weeks of action is the biggest series of activities of their kind in Europe. Kick It Out offers a wide range of resources to support activities taking place during the weeks of action.
The involvement of schools is an important element of the One Game, One Community weeks of action.
In previous years, the weeks have provided an opening within the classroom for teachers to use the medium of football to teach important messages relating to anti-racism, roles and responsibilities and aspects of the citizenship curriculum.
It is a time when teachers are being creative and using the appeal of the game to capture the imagination of the young people they are working with.
Previously, the weeks have coincided with Black History Month, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid Al-Fitr, and the Sikh and Hindu festival of light, Diwali. This provides an opportunity to raise awareness around different religious festivals that are now celebrated across the UK.
There are many ways that schools can get involved in the weeks of action. These include:
> Organise a youth conference to discuss issues of racism and diversity
> Bring in artists, poets or writers in residence to explore anti- racism themes
> Organise an assembly to look at different faiths and religions
> Organise a 'twinning' event with another school in your area that has a different ethnic make up to your own
> Invite a player from your local club to attend an event
> Devise and display your own exhibition about black footballers who have made an important contribution to your local team.
> Entering the national secondary schools' competition
More info @ www.kickitout.org
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