The Lady Imps (LISA), the Lincoln City supporters group shortlisted in the FSF Fans for Diversity Award in 2017 are going from strength to strength in 2018. With the help of the Fans for Diversity campaign, which is run jointly between ourselves and Kick It Out, football's anti-discrimation organisation, they have continued their work within the local community, with some big events coming up in the next week.
LISA have arranged for the Lincoln manager Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky to take part in 'Cowley v Cowley - Battle of the Imps' - a football-themed panel show taking place on Monday 19th March. The quiz show will be broadcast later on local BBC radio, and profits from ticket sales will raise thousands for local charities St Barnabas Hospice, Lincs2Nepal as well as Imps in the Community.
Not content with that, LISA are also supporting the 'Welcome to Lincoln City' initiative, aimed at encouraging families from the eastern European community to Sincil Bank on Thursday 22nd March.
The event is being promoted locally and via social media with tri-lingual posters - in English as well as Polish and Lithuanian - and LISA are working with Imps in the Community and the Lincolnshire Polish Society to broaden the appeal of the club beyond the 'traditional' fanbase, forging links with other nationalities in the club's catchment area and demonstrating that the club is a welcoming environment for all.
The free event is aimed at improving links with the local community, allowing them a behind the scenes look at the club and the stadium, and the chance to win free tickets to Lincoln's Kick It Out fixture against Wycombe on 17th April.
Who are the Lady Imps?
In the words of chair Maria Horner "[we are] here to create a space to encourage more women to actively support Lincoln City Football Club and to shape it into an even more positive experience. We’ll do this by sharing our thoughts, ideas and experiences with each other and more widely by linking with other organisations to enhance our aims. Although we are Lady Imps, we welcome members of any gender, and men encouraging women to the game can only be helpful."
For more on the Fans for Diversity campaign and how you or your fans' group can get involved, email Anwar Uddin - firstname.lastname@example.org