TADCASTER Albion have forged a new partnership with anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out.

The Brewers have become an ‘equality-chartered club’, which will enable them to participate in educational workshops covering topics such as what constitutes discrimination and reporting it directly to the Kick It Out.

A club spokesman commented: “We take our position on this very seriously. Although Taddy has an exemplary record, it is something we never take for granted.

“In recent seasons we have carried the Kick It Out advertisement in all home programmes as a reminder of the blight of discrimination on our beautiful game. This relationship will enable us to take a further step to ensure that Taddy remains a positive example.”

Kick It Out, which was founded as a campaign in 1993, is “primarily a campaigning organisation which enables, facilitates and works with the football authorities, professional clubs, players, fans and communities to tackle all forms of discrimination,” explains the organisation’s website.

“The campaign has been pivotal in persuading and supporting the game’s stakeholders to take their equality responsibilities seriously.

“Our vision is that football will be a sport where people flourish in a supportive community, and where fairness is openly and transparently practised and enforced for the good of all participants.”

Statistics on Kick It Out’s website show the importance of work that anti-discrimination organisations do. A summary from 2019/20 showed a 28 per cent increase from the previous season in reports of discrimination across professional and grassroots football. Meanwhile, a poll of 1,000 fans found that 84 per cent of respondents could identify verbal discriminatory behaviour at a game but 22 per cent would be unlikely to report it.