Show of unity at Turf Moor for Blackpool derbyBurnley Football Club is to host a special 'Celebrating Diversity Day' when the Clarets take on Blackpool in a Lancashire derby at Turf Moor this weekend.
The televised game on Saturday, 20 October (kick-off 5.20pm) will showcase Burnley’s support for the anti-racism ‘Kick It Out’ message.
And beyond that, Burnley FC has planned a day’s events to celebrate the diversity of the Clarets’ fanbase throughout the Burnley and Pendle area.
Local Primary schools will take part in a special pre-match procession at 4.50pm, based on eight countries that best represent the local community.
The schools, who have each been involved in projects on their chosen countries, are St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School, Wellfield Methodist & Anglican Primary School, Barrowford Primary School, Laneshaw Bridge Primary School, Lomeshaye Junior School, Padiham Green Church of England Primary School and St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Primary School.
Each has each been designated a country to represent, based on the various communities in the surrounding districts, including Germany, Bangladesh, Uganda, France, Poland, Norway, Pakistan and China.
A day-long ‘World Cup’ tournament will take place with the schools, with the final taking place at half time on Saturday for the inaugural 'Celebrating Diversity’ Trophy.
And the activities will not just be confined to events on the pitch.
A food village will be open from 2pm across from the new Elite Training Centre in the main Turf Moor car park, with supporters able to sample food from a number of different countries provided by Usha Restaurant, Holland's Pies and Santa’s Pizza – with a range of family-friendly entertainment running alongside.
Burnley FC Chief Executive Lee Hoos said: “As a football club we are committed to welcoming supporters from all backgrounds to Turf Moor.
“We are fully behind the Kick It Out message and see this as an opportunity to extend our own commitment to encouraging diversity amongst our supporter base.
“We hope that our work with local schools and throughout the community will help enforce that message and make inclusion something to celebrate on Diversity Day.
“The Lancashire derby against Blackpool is on one of our biggest occasions of the season and we hope as many people as possible will come to Turf Moor to unite and show their support for the players and everyone who follows them.”
Before kick-off, the Clarets’ players will be wearing t-shirts with the Kick It Out ‘One Game One Community’ and will then wear special match shirts with Celebrating Diversity logos on the back.
These unique shirts will then be available for auction via burnleyfc.com in the week following the game, with all proceeds going to Furniture for Education Worldwide, a charity which provides education facilities for children in developing countries and which will also be holding a bucket collection on the day.
This campaign could not be held without the help of a number of sponsors, including Alert Fire & Security, Veka, Holiday Inn Express, Unite, Weir Minerals, Clearly Interiors, TRW Automotive, Lancashire FA and Burnley Council.
Burnley FC thanks them for their support and the schools involved - Padiham St. Leonards, Wellfield Primary, Barrowford Primary, Padiham Green, Lomeshaye Primary, St. John the Baptist, and Laneshawbridge.
The schools’ procession will begin at 4:50pm and fans are asked to arrive early to support our local youth.
Tickets are on sale from as little as £24 for a member (adult) and £27 for non members (adults).
To book tickets for the match please drop in to the Turf Moor Ticket Office, call the ticketline on 0872221 1914 or go to www.burnleyfc.com to by online.
For the full list of other Kick It Out events and further information on the KIO campaign please visit www.kickitout.org.
And for more details on FEW, or if you would like to make a donation go to their website. www.fewcharity.co.uk