Blackburn Rovers welcomes everyone to today’s match with Huddersfield Town, which has been designated ONEROVERS DAY.
When we say everyone, we mean everyone, regardless of age, disability, race, sex, religion and belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity/paternity.
Last October, the club launched its ONEROVERS campaign to promote inclusion, value diversity (it would be boring if we were all the same) and remind everyone that football is for everyone and discrimination will not be tolerated at Ewood Park.
All involved with the club have the right to be treated with respect. The club recognises it has an active role to play in ensuring players, officials, staff, fans, customers, members of the community, partners and other stakeholders value and encourage diversity, promote inclusion and end discrimination.
Equally, all associated with the club also have an active role to play, contributing to delivering our objectives.
Our community comprises many different people and we want our fans to reflect the community. The club interacts with many diverse groups through social activities, partnerships and projects undertaken by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.
We have made good progress, but there is more to do to engage with organisations and individuals who may feel we need to do more to represent them. The progress made so far will today be acknowledged by the presentation of an award from the Football League, marking the club’s achievement in meeting the Code of Practice Standards for Inclusion and Anti-discrimination.
To mark the occasion, the players will wear ONEROVERS t-shirts as they warm-up and the club is launching a competition inviting schools, organisations, groups and individuals to design a poster entitled ‘Matchday at Ewood’, reflecting that everyone is welcome.
As part of ONEROVERS DAY, the club is also supporting the Level Playing Field Weeks of Action to raise awareness of promoting good access for fans with disabilities.
Fans and representatives from the Community Trust will carry the LPF banner ahead of kick-off and Blackburn Rovers Independent Disabled Supporters’ Club are raising awareness of their organisation.
This is our 10th year supporting the LPF campaign, during which time we have arranged visits to Brockhall, made several short videos, interviewed fans about their journeys through life and invited supporters who have never previously been to a game, to simply show them that they can enjoy going to watch football.
We uphold our commitment year-on-year to improve access to facilities and services and this past year has seen the club embark on a programme to become dementia-friendly, improved wayfarer signage and created tools to ease communication.
ONEROVERS FOOTBALL IS FOR EVERYONE!
We want you to enjoy the match, but if you see, hear or think something may be discriminatory, please report it to a club official/steward in the first instance or telephone 01254 508270.