1 in 10 of us have received online abuse in the past year. So it’s time to unite.


That’s why BT has formed Hope United.
Top footballers coming together to
give us the digital skills we need to help tackle online hate.
 

Read our manifesto

LEARN

Gain the digital skills to tackle online hate.

 

BUY

A Hope United shirt and help a charity.

 

EXPLORE BLACK BRITISH HISTORY

Watch the full series of Black British history lessons from Rio and Anton Ferdinand, Eni Aluko and Marcus Rashford.

Learn about the Windrush Generation

Rio and Anton Ferdinand explore how one generation changed British life, and football, forever.

Explore football’s Black pioneers

Eni Aluko teaches the story of Emma Clarke, the first ever Black British female football player.

Discover diverse children’s books

Marcus Rashford champions his favourite diverse children’s books.

BT TECH TIPS TO BEAT ONLINE HATE

Watch these videos and learn how to tackle online hate with digital skills from the Hope United team.

How to be a team player online

Jesse Lingard and Fara Williams teach you how to be a better digital ally. 

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How to support kids online

Learn how to to talk to kids about social media with Rio Ferdinand and Karen Carney.

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What is hate crime?

Learn how to recognise and report it with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. 

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Being a good digital citizen 

Lucy Bronze and Jordan Henderson show us how to be our best selves online. 

Discover more

Hope United shirt now on sale

HOPE UNITED SHIRT
NOW ON SALE

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY

Hope United shirts available to buy. Get one before they sell out.

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HOPE UNITED SHIRT
NOW ON SALE

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY

Hope United shirts available to buy. Get one before they sell out.

Buy now

MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

Rio on online hate

Being able to hide is a problem. Being able to be faceless is a huge problem. The moment someone's identity and details are available it becomes a different game."

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Eni on online hate

We, including me, need to be conscious of spreading encouragement, love, support not negativity and hate. Let's all try and live it in our actions."

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Marcus on online hate

Social channels are a way of connecting people, not isolating or discriminating against them. To share news, to share successes, not hate."

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Jesse on online hate

One person can hate you and one person can love you, that’s just life. But nobody should have to read that abuse online."

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Lucy on online hate

Football is the biggest game in the world, it's obviously going to have the biggest problems, and social media and online abuse is definitely one of them. Whether it’s homophobia, racism, sexism, just any sort of abuse – I think it's been multiplied in football because of the stage that it has."

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Jordan on online hate

What I would say to someone who is the victim of online abuse is – don’t keep it to yourself, speak about it. Feel free to get help, sometimes it’s good just to speak even if it’s with someone you don’t know."

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Gareth on online hate

Sometimes the abuse on social media is too toxic to ignore, we have to come together to put an end to it."

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Rebecca on online hate

I’ve been a victim of online hate. I had people make memes, poke fun, laugh about my disability, without any thought to how that would’ve affected me. I lost my confidence in myself, I wished I was somebody entirely different, and it took me a long time to build backup from."

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Daniel on online hate

What's happening in this industry, is people are actually getting depressed, some people taking their own lives and it's so serious… I've obviously been a victim of it myself, and there was a time where I have been down from it but I've come out of that now."

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Ethan on online hate

My message to people who are victims of online hate would be, try not to let anything external beat all your internal thoughts about yourself."

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Jamal on online hate

I joined Hope United because I feel like I speak for young footballers as someone that uses social media daily and sees how it can affect someone's mental health and their well-being. I felt like it was a team that I needed to join."

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Liam on online hate

Together hopefully we can go a long way to stopping online abuse."

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Trent on online hate

The only positive is seeing everyone rallying together, everyone standing up for what they believe in, everyone identifying that these things are wrong and that action needs to be done."

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Demi on online hate

I think when you post online, before you post you just have to think – what would your parents think? What would your friends think? Would your family be proud of it? Would they like it? If the answer is “no” then don't do it."

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Helen on online hate

If we can all come together, if everyone in the nation can come together, and bring out the positive side in social media – I think it can have a real impact, not just on the football world but in society in general."

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Lauren on online hate

I love my skin colour. But when I saw the comments on my Instagram feed, it hurt."

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Andy on online hate

When you’re at a stadium and you’re away from home and people shout, I’ve got no problem with that, that’s part and parcel of football. You know the away end love you and the home end hate you. And then after 90 minutes, I believe there’s a respect that is left there. But when you’re behind a computer, behind a phone then it’s cowards and they’re just trying to act the big man behind the screen and wouldn’t say anything to your face."

Hope beats hate

The home nations

BT's sponsorship ambition is to unite the four Home Nations by supporting and improving the lives of millions of players, coaches and fans, with one of the largest ever footballing programmes for the UK.

At the core is BT’s 4-3-3 plan and three key goals to release the potential of disability and para, grassroots, and women’s football communities ​by combining BT’s technology and innovation with the unrivalled power and reach of the beautiful game. 

More on BT's 4-3-3 plan

BT's sponsorship ambition is to unite the four Home Nations by supporting and improving the lives of millions of players, coaches and fans, with one of the largest ever footballing programmes for the UK.

At the core is BT’s 4-3-3 plan and three key goals to release the potential of disability and para, grassroots, and women’s football communities ​by combining BT’s technology and innovation with the unrivalled power and reach of the beautiful game. 

More on BT's 4-3-3 plan

The Supporters

There are supporters of Hope United, who can provide advice and support as well as give us the digital skills we need to fight online hate. 

Just getting started or want advice on helping your family get the most out of tech? BT Skills for Tomorrow has a wide range of free courses, webinars and advice anyone can use to make the most of life in the digital world.

Visit BT Skills for Tomorrow

Internet Matters

Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation. Their purpose is to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world.

Visit Internet Matters