In 2017 Grimsby Town Sports and Educational Trust commissioned The Equality Practice to assist in the design and management of the Common Ground Project, supported by ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together.
The Common Ground message is one of welcome and value to all.
To date this is one of our most exciting projects. It has not only given us the chance to work with Graham Rodger, and his team at Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust, but also Grimsby Town Football Club, fans,staff, players, managers, directors and importantly the huge number of volunteers working with GTFC. This project has meant we have also had the support of and worked closely throughout 2017 with the Home Office, M&C Saatchi and IPSOS Mori.
Common Ground officially launched at Blundell Park on Sunday 23rd July at the Mariners Trust Community Fun Day. From 10 am until 4pm the ground was buzzing with people who had come to meet the GTFC’s new team. More importantly to us, people who had never been to the ground before came and saw and enjoyed our welcome.
On the day, all enjoyed the Bollywood Brass Band who had flown in from a gig in Poland. They played in the new team as they met the fans and signed autographs.
The Chinese Lion Dance and the Traditional Chinese Dancers came over from Hull and shared their cultural dances. Also played over the big screen were Respect films made by Focus 7, with the help of Fusion Youth Theatre, member of the YMCA and local community. We also arranged for Indian food to be available, as well as cakes.
Saturday 2nd September Trishol School of Dance performed a special treat of Bollywood influenced dancing.
Ladies from the Muslim community baked and came along and sold cakes, and a representative from the LGBT group volunteered her help on our Common Ground Stall – all of which added to the atmosphere, and celebrated the value of difference. It was most definitely new for Blundell Park and was well received.
GTFC want all to know that it is an inclusive club where tolerance and respect towards each other is practised.