By Sean Huddleston

Introduction to this new initiative

Football, since the end of the 19th Century, has been one of the United Kingdom’s most popular sporting activities. Millions of people partake in, and spectate, the game every weekend during the football season while media coverage (both formal and informal) allows saturated coverage to satisfy even the most fanatical follower of the sport.

Football has often reflected societies’ prevalent fads and fashions, politics, beliefs and even prejudices. In an age where football clubs now often re-assess and evaluate their corporate responsibility and role in their community, football associations and clubs have accepted that their role in combating common prejudices is a key one.

However, there has been little consistency, and even less debate, over how associations can tackle prejudice and what forms of prejudice should be tackled.

The ‘Football, Education and Prejudice’ programme seeks to actively redress this issue and form a much more measured and targeted response as to how football, collectively between supporters, associations and clubs, can tackle forms of prejudice together with the assistance of relevant stakeholders, particularly in the various educational sectors.

Three Step Programme

The conference itself is part of a three-step programme:

  • Establishment of Football, Prejudice and Education Programme; involvement of relevant, interested academics, stakeholders, and commentators.
  • Conference on Football, Prejudice and Education; creation of working group report and distribution to relevant bodies, organisations.
    • FRIDAY, 21 OCT at 10:00, in GLASGOW
  • Follow up events as a result on a bespoke basis and targeted at specific issues e.g. sectarianism, homophobia, racism (this next stage will be essential to maintain any momentum built up from previous events).

The programme itself also has illicited the support and co-operation of the following groups and organizations: Nil by Mouth, Sense over Sectarianism, Stonewall Scotland and the FARE Network.

Conference Submissions

We feel that it is vital for this event to be inter-disciplinary in outlook and we therefore encourage submissions from educationalists, historians, sociologists, cultural theorists and political scientists.  We also welcome contributions from relevant stakeholders, bodies and organisations.

We welcome submissions for panels or papers with a basis in (but not limited to) the following themes relating to prejudice and football:

  • Homophobia
  • Sectarianism
  • Sexism
  • Attitudes towards the Disabled
  • Class-based Prejudice
  • Fan Culture and Prejudice
  • We particularly welcome papers on how education, formal and informal, and its relationship to prejudice and football

Glasgow, at the turn of the 20th Century, housed the three biggest places on the planet to watch football. We look forward to welcoming people to this football rich city and contributing to an enriching event in one of the most footballing-minded cities.

Follow the group on @PrejuEdFootball check out the conference website here. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact: footballeducationprejudice@gmail.com