SATURDAY’S Sky Bet League One clash with Charlton represents our One Game, One Community annual fixture, coinciding with Kick It Out’s Week of Action.
The campaign runs from Saturday, March 30 to Sunday, April 7, with the EFL and its clubs also supporting the Premier League’s No Room for Racism messaging.
As a club, we are fully committed to ensuring that everyone who attends Home Park does so in the knowledge that they can enjoy match-days in a friendly atmosphere, free from intimidation or harassment.
We are striving to become a wholly inclusive club at all levels.
It is our legal duty to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimization on the basis of age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; marriage and civil partnership; ethnicity; religion and belief; gender; and sexual orientation.
Much more important than merely being a duty, it is the right thing to do - no-one should be subject to abuse or intimidation of any form because of their personal circumstances, and we have a zero tolerance approach to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to bully, intimidate or discriminate against a fellow supporter, player or member of club staff.
We encourage supporters to report any instance of inappropriate comments, chanting or behaviour. There is no definitive list of what is or is not appropriate, but, if the target of the behaviour, or anyone else who hears it, feels uncomfortable, then the chances are that it is not acceptable.
Matches played during the Week of Action will feature the captains wearing Kick It Out armbands and a pennant exchange, as well as the EFL and its Clubs supporting the anti-discrimination message across their channels.
The club recently launched Argyle Aware – a text-messaging service which allows supporters to report breaches of ground regulations and other offences, including anti-social behaviour.
To let us know your concerns, please text ARGYLE and your message to 66777 and the match-day safety team will act.
Argyle Community Trust will welcome a number of inclusive football teams and organisations on Saturday to celebrate a city of diversity and inclusion, coming together and using the power of the football club to do so.
Six teams from the city’s various diversity and inclusivity organisations will take part in the competition between 12-2pm, before attending Home Park. Participants include Plymouth Hope, Devon and Cornwall Police Diversity Unit, Plymouth Community Homes, Devon Lions – an LGBT team, and the Community’s own It’s A Goal and Ability Counts teams.
There will be a half-time parade by all of the partaking teams and organisations, as well as a presentation of the winners’ trophy on the pitch - awarded by special guest Steve Jones, a representative of Kick It Out.
For more information on our inclusive programmes running weekly throughout the year, please visit www.argylecommunitytrust.co.uk