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Blades continue to support Kick It Out

2 November 2018

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The Blades were delighted to support Kick it Out at the game against Wigan Athletic and mark the organisation's 25 years of campaigning. Activities on the day contribute to the ongoing work as a football club to promote diversity, equality and inclusion.

The players of both teams got involved by wearing the Kick it Out t-shirt during the game warm-up.

Stephen Bettis, the club's chief executive officer, and Sue Beeley, who leads on inclusion marked Kick it Out's 25 years by making a special presentation to Kick it Out programme manager Keeley Baptista before the game. The occasion was also marked by a special Kick it Out banner on the big screen on 25 minutes.

Keeley Baptista commented: "Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the club's dedication to its continued support of Kick It Out. The presentation of the personalised memento and the timely acknowledgement at 25 minutes was a lovely touch to the marking of Kick It Out's 25th anniversary.

"Thanks to all at Sheffield United for its continued support and dedication to equality and inclusion. All the very best for the remainder of the season!"

Children and young people who are involved with projects with the Sheffield United Community Foundation in the area of social inclusion were central to the day. They took part in the flag waving at the start of the game as well as the penalty shoot-out competition at half-time. Young representatives from partner organisation FURD were part of our Kick it Out big flag parade.

Staff and volunteers were Kick it Out badges and wristbands and there was signage around the ground as well as the Kick it Out logo being displayed on menus in all corporate areas of the stadium.

Sue Beeley commented: "Across the club we continue to work with all involved to promote the aims of equality, diversity and inclusion and we thank everyone for their ongoing support. We still have a long way to go."

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