Premiership side, Charlton Athletic are putting their money where their mouth is by committing £32,000 this year to the Charlton Athletic Race Equality (CARE) partnership. They will also donate over £70,000 in funding in kind, comprised of free office space, match tickets and other items.
CARE were delegates at the UEFA/FARE “Unite Against Racism” conference. The conference was designed as a catalyst for change, something that Charlton fully understand by spearheading this action. Charlton community liaison officer Ben Tegg said,
“We are really pleased UEFA held the conference to encourage clubs to take measures to combat racism. We have already reaped the benefits of this as a club and we hope other clubs, in this country and abroad, can start to show a similar commitment.”
“At Charlton, we have a commitment to addressing issues around social exclusion, and that extends to the funding that we provide. The CARE partnership has been a tremendous success and has helped the club challenge racism within the stadium through a positive campaigning stance. It is great to see so many CARE workers out in schools and youth clubs using football to educate people about racism.”
The CARE partnership is operated by Charlton Athletic, Greenwich Council and more than 70 community groups. It has nine full-time outreach workers who use football to teach anti-racist education. Their “Red, White and Black” campaign celebrated its tenth anniversary this season.