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Faith in football

23 October 2012


Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo teamed up with Kick It Out for a special forum on faith and football last week.

The Owls midfielder was joined by various representatives from the sporting community to discuss the role religion has to play in the professional game.

The free forum, entitled ‘A Focus on Faith’ was organised by football's equality and inclusion campaign Kick It Out and was held at Hillsborough.

Club chaplain Peter Allen, a leading representative of Sheffield Sport Chaplaincy and Sports Chaplaincy UK, joined Jose to deliver a keynote speech on how sport can help break down faith-related barriers.

Semedo said: “Despite the differences in our beliefs, all faith communities agree on the importance of offer care and respect to all people and that’s something we can work on together in football.

“Kick It Out are doing an great job promoting equality in football and the ‘Focus on Faith’ forum was an chance for us to share new ideas on how to get this message across.”

The forum also featured a presentation from Sheffield and Hallamshire FA and a Q&A with a specialist panel including; Aisling Cohn from 3 Faith Forum, Howard Holmes  of Football Unites Racism Divides, Charlton Athletic  Chaplain Matt Baker and Sarah Williams from The Rugby Football League along with the Owls vice-captain.

For more information on Kick It Out visit: http://www.kickitout.org/


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