Our ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign was honoured at the London Football Awards 2019 at Battersea Evolution on Thursday night.
At the event, which celebrates the very best of London football, the campaign which was launched in January 2018 won the Community Project of the Year prize.
The long-term initiative forms part of our on-going inclusion work, through the Chelsea Foundation’s Building Bridges campaign. The initiative is supported by the club’s owner Roman Abramovich.
The judging panel thought that the campaign was very powerful, unique and clearly demonstrated the club’s commitment to tackling discrimination, in particular antisemitism.
‘It is a project that is not just a week long or a month long,’ said Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck at the Awards. ‘We have been doing this for a year and there is no end in sight because this is the kind of thing where moving the needle is very difficult.
‘We have not viewed this as a Chelsea-specific issue, we have tried to encourage other organisations to get involved and we all know the power of football is enormous and we have to try to find ways to use that, not just against antisemitism but against racism in general.’
In its fifth year, the London Football Awards raises funds for former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson OBE and his wife, Megs’ charity, Willow – the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.
Despite various Chelsea players being shortlisted for the other prizes on the night there were no further winners from the club.
Former Blues manager Glenn Hoddle was honoured. He received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to London Football, an award previously won by John Terry in 2016 and Frank Lampard a year later.