Our ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign was honoured in Paris on Monday, receiving the ‘Gold’ award from The International League against Racism and Antisemitism.
The organisation, known as La LICRA - Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme in French – held the annual awards ceremony at Luxembourg Palace, home to the French Parliament, and described the campaign as ‘the largest initiative to fight antisemitism in the world’.
Head of the Chelsea Foundation Simon Taylor was in attendance to collect the award. He said: ‘It was an amazing honour for everyone at the Club and Foundation to be presented such a prestigious award in an iconic venue.
‘We passionately believe that football has an important role to play in tackling all forms of discrimination and the Say No To Antisemitism programme underlines that principle.
‘Sport is for everyone and we want everyone to feel welcomed and valued at our club and in all of our communities.'
The campaign, which is supported by the club’s owner Roman Abramovich, aims to raise awareness of and educate our players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism and its impact. Chelsea launched the campaign in January 2018 - four days after Holocaust Memorial Day - when Bournemouth visited Stamford Bridge.
Since then various activities have taken place including Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro meeting the men’s first team and fans and staff visiting former concentration camp Auschwitz, while the Foundation continues to educate the next generation via workshops on the subject in local schools.
Recently we produced a hard-hitting video with the support of players from both the men’s and women’s teams to raise awareness for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Later this year, our men’s squad will travel to the United States to play a friendly match against New England Revolution, with Roman Abramovich and Revolution owner Robert Kraft contributing $1 million each to the campaign.