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CLUB: United with Anti Racist Cumbria

Club enters new relationship with Cumbrian campaign group

1 November 2021

United have teamed up with Anti Racist Cumbria (ARC) to work together to help tackle racism through action and education.

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Anti Racist Cumbria was formed in 2020 to create a forward-thinking county free from prejudice and systemic inequalities where anyone who lives or works in Cumbria can succeed and live without fear of discrimination. Their vision is to make Cumbria the first anti-racist county in the UK.

Click HERE to visit the Anti-Racist Cumbria website. 

Anti Racist Cumbria are already supported by, or are working with, leading Cumbrian organisations such the Cumberland Building Society, Cumbria Constabulary and a number of our county’s schools.

The club will support Anti Racist Cumbria to help to promote its own work and work together on initiatives in the local community, starting with the club supporting the Anti Racist Cumbria Summit next month.

Chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “As a community-based club we want to play our part in making our community one where anyone can live and reach their potential to succeed, free from prejudice and discrimination.

“The players are reinforcing that message by ‘Taking the Knee’ but that is only a small part of what the club can do. It must go beyond that gesture.

“Through the fantastic work of the Community Sports Trust, and working with our Carlisle United Supporters’ Groups (CUSG) on new ideas, we all want to help to make a difference.”

Our long-standing work and more recent initiatives include:

  • Supporting the EFL ‘Together Against Discrimination’ campaign – click HERE for more information. 
  • Kick it Out – click HERE for more information. 
  • Show Racism the Red Card – click HERE for more information. 
  • My Club My Shirt campaign – click HERE for more information. 
  • Cumbria Pride – click HERE for more information. 

“Teaming up with Anti Racist Cumbria further demonstrates that Carlisle United Football Club is committed to making Brunton Park a safe and welcoming space for all to watch league football, and that we are actively tackling all forms of discrimination,” Nigel commented.

“The club can be a force for good and has a powerful voice. Working with Anti Racist Cumbria will help us build on the good work we are already doing and will also allow us to support some excellent initiatives as we go forward from here.”

Janett Walker, CEO & Co Founder of Anti Racist Cumbria added: “We are delighted to begin work with Carlisle United.

“Carlisle has a proud history of football in the town and together we can ensure it has a proud future free from racism.

“Football has been under the spotlight for a long time so it’s fantastic to see local clubs taking the issues seriously and taking action.

“An anti-racist county is a county we can all take pride in and this is a great opportunity for Cumbria to show that we are a forward-thinking county that is determined to be on the right side of history.”

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