Chelsea has a close working relationship with a number of equality organisations including Kick It Out, Show Racism the Red Card and the Black and Asian Coaches Association.
The club has undertaken numerous projects engaging fans and our communities in aspects of our equality work. Thousands of young people in south-west London participate in the club’s anti-discrimination education campaign every year. The programme is supported by Chelsea’s first black player, Paul Canoville.
Chelsea’s ground-breaking Asian Star initiative has also seen over 1300 young Asian players take up the challenge to be named Asian Star since the programme’s introduction in 2009. The initiative aims to overcome low participation levels from British Asians in the beautiful game. In just four years five former winners have gone on to play for professional club academies.
We are very proud of our work with our disabled fans’ forum in creating an industry-leading, disabled-ticketing policy offering free places for disabled fans and their carers.
Chelsea has a well-established disabled supporters’ group and despite the limitations of an old ground, the club has welcomed disabled fans to Stamford Bridge and worked closely with disabled groups to ensure facilities are as good as they can be. The Chelsea Disabled Supporters’ Association (CDSA) has been at the forefront of establishing our disability policies and representing disabled fans’ views.
The club actively celebrates its diversity. Our equality work is fully backed by our players and staff and the players have even made a video supporting our work tackling discrimination.
Any fans entering Stamford Bridge, visiting our website or reading our publications will be instantly aware that we are a club proud of our multi-ethnic and religious makeup.