Supporters Club call diversity meeting

Port Vale Supporters Club deputy chair Malcolm Hirst is holding a meeting to discuss future ideas to encourage diversity at Port Vale.

A note to OVF explains:

This is a shout out to any Vale fan who believes that Vale Park should be a place that celebrates our differences and actively promotes and sustains a sense of belonging. If this is you, you are invited to a meeting in Burslem on Tuesday 6th August to discuss what we can and would like to do as a fan base to encourage an atmosphere of ‘Football for All’ at Vale Park.

Last September we had a marvelous day giving out t-shirts proclaiming ‘Love Port Vale, Hate Racism’. The t-shirts and the message were warmly welcomed by Vale fans, and demand for the t-shirt was so great we needed a second print run. It was good to see this response but, I feel there is so much more we can do to support diversity on an ongoing basis.

When thinking of diversity we should do so in the broadest sense. Yes, it is about making Vale Park a place where people can feel they belong regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability or religious beliefs. However, diversity is not limited to these areas. Worcester City FC runs a project alongside Age Concern that provides transport to matches for elderly people and seeks to combat isolation and loneliness.

The meeting will be informal, an opportunity to ask questions, give ideas and see if we can do anything this season to promote more fully diversity and inclusion at Vale Park. If you would like come along or are interested more generally then please contact:

Malcolm Hirst

valiants4diversity@yahoo.com

Date: Tuesday 6th August

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: TBC

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