On 19th October we will be hosting an event for MPs to sign-up to and support our bid to become FA Charity of the Year.
MPs will join ex-professional footballers and managers, Leroy Rosenior and Dave Bassett, Deputy Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers Association, Bobby Barnes and members of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign to give their support to the charity’s bid to become The Football Association’s Charity of the Year for 2011 in The House of Commons on Tuesday 19th October, Committee Room W4, 3.30-5.30pm.
Later this year the FA will decide which charity will become their official charity partner for 2011. All charities go through a stringent process to become official FA partners and as well as a five figure financial donation from The FA's Community Shield Fund, all charities will benefit from a direct association with the FA.
MPs supporting the bid join supporters such as Professional Footballers' Association Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor who said, "The PFA and I would be delighted to support your application to be FA charity of the year 2011." Long-standing supporter and patron the campaign, Gary Lineker has also offered his support and says, "I will do what I can" in support of our application.
Former England Manager, Graham Taylor, said, "You have my support in your bid to become FA Charity of the Year. I can think of no other charity that has worked so hard and so successfully in showing racism the red card in football - and quite rightly so! Good luck with your bid."
This sign-up event is a follow on from the Early Day Motion (607) raised in parliament in August which received significant support. David Miliband MP said, “The vision of a Britain in which every citizen whatever their race, religion, colour or creed gets equal treatment, goes to the heart of who I am. I’m the first person in my family to be born in this country and I know we’ve made fantastic progress, in large part thanks to the campaigning of such organisations as Show Racism the Red Card."
Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, Ged Grebby says: “2011 will be the 15th anniversary year for our organisation and to get FA Charity of the Year would be a real boost for our campaign’s work. We have been overwhelmed with messages of support from within football but also from across a whole range of organisations and individuals within the UK.”
To see if your MP has signed the Early Day Motion (607) click here and if not then you can lobby them by sending them this letter.
See all support for our FA Charity of the Year Bid 2011 so far.