Football’s equality and inclusion campaign will be promoted via three matches billed ‘Isthmians Against Discrimination’, and starting off the weekend on Friday 8th March for the league will be Aveley FC hosting Waltham Abbey FC in Ryman Division One North. Two other matches are being played under the banner of Kick It Out, on the Saturday and Sunday.
This is the very first match to be played outside of the Professional Game, (Barclays Premiership & Football League), and there is much media interest how this important initiative is portrayed at Non- League level.
Craig Johnson, Secretary of Aveley Football Club commented;
“We are honoured to be staging such a high profile fixture, on behalf of the Isthmian Football League. We will be showcasing our club to a wide audience and demonstrating our commitment to this important campaign. We pride ourselves and value our status as a Chartered Standard Community Club”.
“We have a strong Youth set-up at Aveley, comprising of 17 teams, which includes Men, Ladies, Boys & Girls, with a good blend of cultures within these areas. I am pleased that this part of the club has committed itself to support this event”.
“I am also delighted that our Macron Dealers, ORC Printwear Promotions Limited, have agreed to provide both teams on the night with new shirts, which will show off the Kick It Out logos. We at Aveley have received sanction from the league to wear a Yellow Shirt for the evening, which is one of the campaigns endorsed colours. I would like to thank Rod Hammond at ORC, for his assistance with this gesture”.
Aveley FC are expecting a larger turnout than normal for this game, and would urge supporters to arrive in good time. The clubhouse, and kitchen will be open from 5-30pm.
Aveley FC are pleased that the Aveley Village Community Forum are supporting this game as the club continues to unit with its local people.