CUOSC and inclusivity

CUOSC exists as an organisation that promotes inclusivity at all levels of the game and within our organisation.

Given the events of recent weeks, and the remarkable show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement from Premier League footballers on their return to action on Wednesday, now is an opportune time to remind all our members of one of the key objects of CUOSC as set out in its constitution:

4.5: being a positive, inclusive and representative organisation, open and accessible to all supporters of the Club regardless of their age, income, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality or religious or moral belief.”

There is of course a big debate taking place right now as to how the country and society in general chooses to address the big issue of inequality, specifically with regard to race.

This is a problem that has been with us for hundreds of years. While we can’t expect it to be overcome quickly, there are things that can be done today to raise awareness of it and to educate everybody on what the issue means to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, whatever they may be.

CUOSC has done practical work to support the less well off in our community with the regular food bank collections, and the CUOSC Cup, which so sadly had to be postponed due to the virus outbreak, is an ongoing project to highlight diversity within our community and embrace it.

The CUOSC Cup will now be staged next season with the joint support of the Football Supporters Association and Kick It Out. We have close links with both organisations which do great work on inclusion and diversity in football. One of our board members is part of their Fans For Diversity Guidance Group which aims to promote inclusion and diversity in football whilst helping to eradicate discrimination through education with the ultimate aim of making football an event at every level where anyone can attend and feel safe.

We can only be a very small part of a much bigger solution that needs to emerge from the current situation. Rest assured we are doing what we can to help play our part, whether that be on our own or working with others, both locally and nationally.

The current Carlisle REUnited campaign is about more than just raising money – we are hoping to re-connect, re-focus and re-energise all our supporters, and make everyone feel a part of the Club, no matter who they are.

We can all do our bit – we all know people who through no fault of their own struggle to be heard or be taken seriously. We’d love to hear from anyone who wants to share their story.