Burnley FC in the Community, together with Burnley Football Club is One Club For All.
We oppose all forms of racism and discrimination and operate a zero-tolerance stance on discrimination of any form at Turf Moor, increasingly issuing lifetime bans for supporters that incite racism and hatred.
We believe everyone should feel welcome at Turf Moor and in all our programmes. The One Club For All ethos is one we stand by throughout the club. From the manager, players, board of directors and all staff.
This ethos is demonstrated throughout all our programmes and work in the community.
Our activities currently reach 35,000 participants, over 19 per cent of whom are from a BAME background.
Through our Clarets Welcome programme we continue to work closely with our partners at Lancashire BME Network and BPRCVS to help us engage with refugee & resettled families. This may come at their ESOL lessons, or through their dedicated keyworkers. We have built close links with The FA to ensure we are part of the wider refugee football network.
Meanwhile, through our free Premier League Kicks programme, we work closely with mosques & faith leaders in Burnley to ensure awareness, cohesion & participation. Over 40% of participants on this programme are from the BAME community.
A further example is through our Leisure Box community facility which is based in Brierfield, an area which has 42% BAME population. This aims to further embed the club into the local area and offer the BAME community direct access to the work of Burnley FC and Burnley FC in the Community. Since opening, almost 4,000 members of the BAME community have become regular users of The Leisure Box, which accounts for almost 20% of all visits.
Together, we will not stand for anything that threatens to undermine the good work we are doing, and reiterate that we will take the strongest action against those who seek to threaten that.
Sport is everyone’s game.