Wycombe Wanderers defender Joe Jacobson has been made an ambassador for Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
The 31-year-old star, who has enjoyed a 13-year career also playing for Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, will share his experiences of being a Jewish professional footballer with school students, in particular discussing the negative impact surrounding the use of the Y-word.
Mr Jacobson: “I’ve always been more than happy to support a variety of Kick It Out programmes and play my part in helping to educate about equality and inclusion, particularly being one of the few Jewish players in the professional game.
“I’m thrilled to be invited to become a Kick It Out ambassador and look forward to working more closely with the organisation to help them continue the excellent work that they do.”
He added: “There’s still racism and antisemitism and sexism and all the other things that are bad about life in football.
“Kick It Out are there to educate children on what is right and wrong.”
Other Kick It Out ambassadors include Premier League striker Callum Wilson, England women’s centre forward Toni Duggan and Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Gareth Ainsworth, the Wycombe manager, said: “Joe is a true professional on and off the pitch and everyone at Wycombe Wanderers has great respect for the time and effort that he puts into helping both the local community and the football community as a whole.
“It’s brilliant to see him rewarded with a prestigious ambassador role within Kick It Out and I know he’ll do a brilliant job in supporting their work in equality and inclusion.