I’m writing to remind you about this year’s football v homophobia. There have been some important developments this year in the Justin Campaign, and I’d like to tell you a bit more about them, as well as invite you to take action this year for FvH.
At the end of January this year we will be launching our new FvH website. The website will provide a much improved level of support to a wider audience. It will also be easier to donate through the site, and to purchase merchandise. Thank you to those of you who sent in case studies of the fantastic work you did last year for FvH. These will be live on the site in February.
In the meantime, our current site is up and running as usual until the launch of FvH v2!
You can of course also find The Justin Campaign on our Facebook page here and details about Football v Homophobia here. You can also follow us on Twitter at @JustinCampaign, so make sure you check in for up to date information.
Week of action
We are changing the way that we think about and promote FvH. As you know, it began as a day of action on the 19th February, Justin Fashanu’s birthday. This has worked well, but with the growth of FvH and our developing partnership with the FA, we feel that there is a need to make FvH more accessible and to strengthen it’s impact. We therefore intend to make FvH a year around initiative, with a focused week of action around the 19th Feb. The focus of FvH will continue to be about empowering people to take action to make a difference, whilst the Justin Campaign will continue to have a wider remit of raising awareness and encouraging a range of activisms. Having a week of action for FvH instead of a day will:
- Allow more people to put on events or take action
- Allow us to nurture commitment to FvH by the professional game
- Ensure that FvH gets more attention and makes a bigger difference
Several professional clubs have already committed to being involved in FvH’s weeks of action this year. We are also sending out letters in the next week to all professional clubs telling them more about what they can do to get involved.
What you can do
There are a range of things that you can do this year to get involved. More detail will be available on our new website.
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter – get up to date information and help us get the message out
- Take part in our ‘Me v Homophobia’ photo action – take a photo of yourself and your gang with a Football v Homophobia sign and upload onto our Facebook page – help us demonstrate support for FvH
- Take part in our ‘My club v homophobia’ campaign – take a photo of yourself in your club paraphernalia, with a Football v Homophobia sign, and start a petition to your club to get them involved with FvH
- Buy an FvH t-shirt of hoodie and wear it during the week of action – help raise funds for the campaign and spread the message
- Wear pink or black or an FvH shirt to a football game during the week of action – show solidary at your club
- Put on an event for FvH – we are here to support you in whatever way we can. Check out our new site for new and improved event guidelines and a map of events around the country, as well as case studies of best practice from FvH 2011
Please get in contact to tell us about events you would like to organise or to talk more about how you can get involved. We look forward to continuing to work with you to make football welcoming, inclusive and safe for everyone.
Director of Football v Homophobia