Date: 16th October 2006 at 4:32pm
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Tuesday sees the start of this years annual Kick Racism Out Of Football campaign. The national campaign runs from the 17th to the 30th October 2006.

The Kick It Out Week Of Action is now a firm fixture in the sporting calendar and one of the most prominent anti-racism initiatives in the country, fully backed by everyone here at Vital Football.

The week has a strong community focus and celebrates the contribution made to football by black, Asian and other ethnic minorities, whilst continuing the call to challenge racism. ‘

‘One Game, One Community’

This year the period will see the games biggest names stand alongside communities across the UK under the banner – ‘One Game, One Community’

During this period grass roots clubs, schools, community groups and fans join the professional game in coming together for an extended week of symbolic activities promoting inclusion.

Last year, more than 700 events took place during the week of action, including an anti- racism match day at all 92 professional clubs in England and Wales.

Europe wide

The week of action is the biggest series of activities of their kind in Europe. European action The week of action is a European wide event.

On the continent, Football Against Racism in Europe(FARE) network are co-ordinating activities.

Activities on the continent continue to grow each year, and although events in Britain are bigger than the rest of Europe together, fan groups and ethnic minorities from countries ranging from Slovakia, Germany,Austria, Italy and Spain take an active part in the week.

The week of action is held during Black History Month and has coincided with Ramadan and Diwali.This enables opportunities for us all to celebrate these important periods.