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Celebrating Diversity - A Huge Success

31 October 2012

Burnley FC’s clash with Blackpool on Saturday 20th October was designated our Celebrating Diversity matchday. 
The match, in association with the national ‘Kick It Out’  campaign was Burnley FC’s drive to celebrate the diversity of the clubs fanbase and the local community.

Over 300 local schoolchildren were invited by the club to take part in a range of activities, culminating in a world cup style five-a-side competition on the day of the match and a pre-match procession around the Turf Moor pitch. 
Each school was also representing a country which has links to Burnley FC or the local community, researched that country and had an editorial piece in the matchday programme. 

Countries involved included:
Germany – Padiham St. Leonards C of E Primary School (sponsored by VEKA)
France – Barrowford Primary School (sponsored by Holiday Inn Express, Burnley)
Uganda – Wellfield Methodist & Anglican Church School (sponsored by Alert Fire & Security)
Poland – Laneshaw Bridge Primary School (sponsored by WEIR Minerals)
Norway – Lomeshaye Junior School (sponsored by Clearly Interiors)
Pakistan – Padiham Green Church of England Primary School (sponsored by Nelson & Colne College)
China – St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Primary School (sponsored by TRW Automobiles

The pre match activities were also complimented by the food stalls provided by Santas Pizza, Usha and Hollands Pies; music from the Hoffbrau Howlerz; display of the ‘Kick It Out’ flag; KIO the Kick It Out mascot, Burnley College and their flash mob dancers, Sir John Thursby and their Bollywood band; Pendle Leisure Trust with their Dance mats; Magical Tree Nursery  for supplying the facepainters; our Burnley Council  nominated flag bearers as well as our matchday escorts. 

Burnley Football Club would like to go on record to thank everyone involved including all the schools, sponsoring companies as well as Burnley Council and the Lancashire FA for all their support of the Celebrating Diversity matchday.
Burnley Football Club will now be moving forward with efforts to build strong links between Burnley Council and Lancashire FA in a number of upcoming initiatives to bring more fans to Turf Moor. 

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