Posted on: Sat 11 Apr 2009

Chelsea Football Club will today be recognised with a top award for our work against racism and discrimination in football.

Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of Kick it Out (KIO), will formally present the club with the intermediate level award of the Racial Equality Standard (RES). Chelsea are one of the first Premier League clubs to receive the award.

All Premier League clubs are committed to the RES and today's award acknowledges Chelsea's work in fighting discrimination in the workplace, at Stamford Bridge and for the club's educational campaigns in schools in London.

Chief executive Peter Kenyon will pick up the award and said: 'It's a great honour that our work has been recognised by Kick it Out. Everyone at the club is committed to tackling all forms of discrimination and now we look forward to working hard to achieve the advanced level of the award.'

Lord Ouseley, a founder of Kick It Out, praised Chelsea's achievements: 'Chelsea is to be congratulated for their achievement in meeting the Intermediate level of the Racial Equality Standard for professional clubs. Their work on the Standard is in keeping with their undoubted success in developing a club that aims to be inclusive and has diversity as a key objective within their CSR practice.'

Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, added: 'Clubs can have an extremely positive influence on their fans as well as in the communities around them so it's important that they show how they embrace diversity and are open and accessible to everyone.'

Chelsea has actively tackled the issues of racism through continued support of Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card as well as undertaking an array of our own pro-active initiatives in the community. The club have recently announced the Search for an Asian Soccer Star initiative which will offer three-day trials to three young British Asian players.

Last month Chelsea's first ever black player, Paul Canoville, a tireless campaigner with the club against racism, won a prestigious book award for his autobiography, Black and Blue, written with Chelsea's official historian Rick Glanvill.