Football: Racial Discrimination

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 2nd June 2008.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on tackling (a) racism and (b) homophobia in football since 1997.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

DCMS channels its funding for sport through its non-departmental public bodies Sport England and UK Sport

Sport England and UK Sport have not directly funded any campaigns designed to combat racism and homophobia.

However, in the financial year 2007-08 Sport England provided a grant of £317,066 to Sporting Equals, which champions race equality in sport, as well as funding the Football Foundation, the UK's largest sports charity, which supports anti-racism campaigns in football like 'Kick it Out' and 'Show Racism the Red Card'.

Both Sport England and UK Sport are working in partnership with SportScotland and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland to commission a research project into barriers to participation and the number of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual participants in sport. A total of £25,000 has been invested by partners in the research and producing a guidance resource for governing bodies.

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