Together aims to improve what the organisation does and how it does it, with a particular focus on equality and diversity.
- Saturday's game dedicated to Kick It Out and Together.
- Kick It Out are celebrating their 25-year anniversary this year.
- Together is Latics' designated equality and diversity programme.
This season is the 25-year anniversary of Kick It Out and Wigan Athletic will be dedicating this weekend's game against Brentford to their work while also celebrating the club’s equality and diversity programme, Together.
For the past 25 years Kick It Out has been at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for all who play, watch or work in football, but the high-profile incidents that have marred football this season prove the sport needs an organisation like Kick It Out now more than ever.
As well as supporting Kick It Out, Saturday's fixture will celebrate Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium's Together programme which aims to improve what the organisation does and how it does it, with a particular focus on equality and diversity.
The week leading up to the game will see Latics highlight a number of stories around the subject which will highlight the positive work being carried out by the organisation.
Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be highlighting the work of Kick It Out and our Together programme at this weekend's game and look forward to welcoming representatives from Kick It Out to the DW Stadium for their 25-year anniversary celebrations.
He added: “Together continues to go from strength to strength and we’re really proud of the work of the whole organisation in prioritising equality and diversity in everything we do.”
Latics became the first EFL club to receive the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level when they received the award from Kick It Out’s Chief Executive Roisin Wood last season.
Since its inception, Kick It Out has provided a clear, independent voice within the game to challenge discrimination and exclusion, as well as education for professional players, clubs, fans, grassroots organisations and beyond. It also provides vital mentoring and guidance to help underrepresented groups participate in football and secure opportunities to develop a career in the game.
Kick It Out has established an equality framework for professional clubs, supporting the development of equality practices and policies, and enabled more effective reporting and investigating of complaints of discriminatory abuse through its pioneering reporting app.
You can report discrimination to Kick It Out via their app, email firstname.lastname@example.org, via their online reporting form on their website or via freephone on 0800 169 9414.
If any supporter witnesses any form of discriminatory behaviour within the DW stadium please report it to the nearest steward or text WIGAN to 80800, our incident reporting line, providing details of the stand name, row number, seat number and description of the offender and incident.
Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through Together.
For more information about Together, please click here.