Each season the Welsh Premier League, football league and its clubs help reiterate their support of the campaign during a match day action as a vehicle to deliver SRtRC’s message.
"The Fortnight of Action, which Show Racism the Red Card coordinates in Wales, is a hugely important event in the Football Calendar. The Football Association of Wales believes that the support from its clubs during this campaign will help to educate and re-educate football fans of all ages in order to stamp out the threat of Racism in the terraces and on the football pitches in Wales."
Andrew Howard, FAW Head of Competitions
This action will form part of SRTRC’s Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Fortnight of Action, October 15th-31st 2010, featuring action in 35 European countries. FARE is the UEFA sponsored European initiative against racism in football. SRTRC is a core member of the FARE network.
In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Wales, the ‘day of action’ will also help member clubs underline and draw attention to the work that they are already doing in this area, and any progress that has been made since the SRtRC Fortnight of Action last October.
The support from the Welsh Premier League and Football league clubs in Wales has helped the campaign progress their work over the past years and last season saw Llanelli AFC, Bangor City FC, TNS FC, Rhyl FC, Cardiff City FC, Newport County FC, Swansea City AFC and Wrexham hold events with young children educating them about racism and its effect along with the consequences of being a racist.
These sessions gave local schoolchildren across Wales an opportunity to ask the players questions about their own experiences of racism in football and while growing up in school; it provided an opportunity for discussion about dealing with racism.
This season will see all WPL and football league clubs involved in these educational workshops delivered to local school children around Wales promoting the anti-racism message, along with all the WPL clubs having an anti racist team poster produced for the first time that has been sponsored by the FAW.
We will see the new launch of a grass roots stance of actions taking place during Anti Bullying week in November across Wales, which will see many young children following the actions of this weekend’s players.
Football is a sport that is followed by all, and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background. We hope you enjoy the game this weekend and ask you to support the player’s action before kick-off.
We all continually have a role in stopping racism in sport and society in Wales and while progress has been made, with the current recession and the rise in far right activity during the recent European Elections, more united and persistent effort is needed.
“This season will again see the clubs unite in actions prior to kickoff and all clubs are to host an event with young children using the players as role models talking to pupils about their experiences, this is a big step towards stopping racism in the play ground and in the community.”
Jason Webber – SRtRC Wales Campaign Worker
Match Actions during the FOA 2010
Sat 9th October
Wrexham v AFC Wimbledon
Friday 15th October 2010
Llanelli AFC v Aberystwyth Town
Barry town V Caerau (Ely)
Saturday 16th October 2010
Bangor City v Newtown AFC
Carmarthen Town v Bala Town
The New Saints v Haverfordwest County
Sunday 17th October 2010
Airbus UK Broughton v Neath FC
Port Talbot Town v Prestatyn Town
Cardiff City Ladies V Keynsham Town Ladies
Tuesday 19th October 2010
Swansea City V QPR
Saturday 23rd October 2010
Llandudno FC v Technogroup Welshpool
Saturday 30th October 2010
Cardiff City V Norwich City
Newport County V Kettering Town
West End FC v Penrhiwceiber FC
S4C will be covering a live game on Saturday 16th October (TBC) details to be released in October
Please contact us for any information regarding the week’s events:
Tel: 02920 340 422