Clubs united and took part in a Fortnight of Action in Wales by showing their support for SRtRC during the 12th-25th October 2011
This Fortnight of Action has been fantastic this year with more clubs and players involved than ever before, the biggest success is the amount of coverage we have had both in terms of TV and the number of supporters that will have seen our message. Clubs and players will be continually involved throughout the year at our events.
Jason Webber - Campagin Worker
During the 12th - 25th of October all major clubs in Wales came together to show their support for SRtRC during the annual Fortnight of Action’s (FOA).
32 match actions took place during this period involving 64 clubs across Wales. Around 1000 professional and semi-professional players warmed up in our newly designed Welsh campaign t-shirts as players and referees held up RED cards highlighting the message prior to the matches.
*Above players from TNS FC model our brand new Welsh T-shirt design.
The Fortnight was launched with the Welsh National team showing their support during their fixture against Switzerland, Wales manager Gary Speed highlighted the FAW’s stance against racism and said “I’m very supportive of SRtRC, I think football is a place where racism does happen and hopefully with the help of SRtRC it can be eradicated as football is a great tool to help break down the barriers and to stop prejudices”.
This season’s FOA has been the most successful ever in Wales with almost double the amount of actions to previous years.
The decision was taken this season to branch out the actions to leagues below the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League to both the Huws Gray Alliance and Welsh League.
Huws Gray Alliance League secretary Chas Rowland stated that “The Huws Gay Alliance and its clubs fully support Show Racism the RED card and the FOA”.
*Above Players supporting the FOA during a Huws Gray Alliance fixture between Rhos Aelywd Fc and Caersws FC.
In the Welsh Premier league some clubs that were due to play away during the agreed action fixtures made their own arrangements to hold additional actions during the FOA at their home games and highlights the continued strong support from clubs in Wales.
SRtRC received some extensive media coverage with 4 LIVE matches during the FOA, this will include a premier league match (Sat 19th November) with Swansea City AFC taking on League Champions Manchester Utd at the Liberty Stadium. (*Due to Swansea not having a home game during the FO.A)
*Above Port Talbot FC and Airbus UK unite in their support prior to kick off during a LIVE fixture on S4C.
All clubs highlighted their actions on their website and social media streams along with their match day programs.
Prior to the Live Bangor City v Neath Athletic match on Welsh language channel S4C, our work in schools across Wales was featured as the channels film crew attended Ysgol Gynradd Castell-nedd in Neath where Education Co-ordinator Simon Richards and Leroy Rosenior delivered the campaign workshop to 49 young people.
Neath Athletic player Toby Jones and SRtRC Patron Lee Trundle attended on behalf of the club, Trundle spoke about the importance of anti-racism education for young people learning about different religions and backgrounds in society.
He spoke about the racism he received with the young people being English and playing for Swansea City in Wales from both Welsh and English fans.
Lee, Toby and Leroy were interviewed for the program and the young people also had an opportunity to share their thoughts about the workshop and the campaign.
Wales International Women's teams also showed their support this season prior to their fixtures against Moldova and France. Wales player and SRtRC Patron Jessica Fishlock said "It is great to support the campaign during the FOA, and all the girls are fully supportive towards a worthy and important message." Jess has also become a sessional worker with the Welsh campaign and will be visiting schools across Wales with our education team.
*Wales Women players warm up in SRtRC Welsh T-shirts in Moldova.
This season saw the launch of a SRtRC ambassador program where clubs nominate a player who joins the club manager to be the public figure and air their thoughts on racism in society and the campaign.
Cardiff City FC who are a long standing supporter of the campaign again showed their support by hosting a club event with 140 young people form the VOG during the FOA and also prior to their fixture against Ipswich FC.
Cardiff City FC manager Malky Mackay highlighted the Club's stance against racism and said:
"As a Football Club we unite as one against racism. Football is a game followed by all and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background. We all have a role in stopping racism in sport and society in general."
Cardiff City's ambassador for the campaign this season is Mark Hudson who shared his thoughts on the campaign and racism in football saying:
"As in everyday life, racism has no part to play in football. At Cardiff City we come from different parts of the world and work together as a team which is how it should be in all walks of life. We fully support the fortnight of action and are glad to play our part."
*Above Cardiff City ambassador Mark Hudson, Ipswich FC capatain, officials and mascots pose for a pre match photo.
Wrexham AFC and Newport County AFC united during a Welsh derby match to show their support towards SRtRC.
Wrexham AFC manager Andy Morrell also highlighted the clubs stance against racism and said: "There is no place in the game for this and the more that we can do to fight against it, the better it will be."
* Newport County players holding up RED cards prior to their match against Tamworth FC
This season SRtRC were keen for a community group in Wales to access funding from FARE as previous years has seen no successful funding provided in Wales from the FARE initiative.
Campaign Worker Jason Webber sent out the grant application and information to local community groups and worked with Rob Muza SRtRC Ambassador for the Newport region on obtaining funding towards a Futsal tournament in Newport that provides an opportunity for communities to play together irrelevant of their ethnic background. The project application was successful and the tournament was a big success.
Further to this another community action took place in Newport that was part of a joint funding bid with Communities First where over 100 young people from various regions of Newport took part in a football tournament and showed their support for the campaign. The full report can be read HERE.
* Young people at the Newport tournament showing racism the RED card.
This year’s club events and FOA have once again been funded and supported by the Football Association of Wales; Andrew Howard who is also part of our Advisory Committee in Wales spoke of the importance of the FOA and the clubs impact on young people.
"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."
During this season, the National squad and all clubs will once again be involved in educational workshops around Wales with the addition of some clubs in the Welsh league.
We would like to thank all the clubs and the Football Association of Wales for their support over the FOA.
You can view photos of the actions across Wales during the FOA at our Facebook FOA album by clicking HERE. Please support our page while you’re viewing the photos.
SRtRC and clubs across Wales have produced Anti-Racism posters that can be downloaded HERE.
For a list of upcoming events at clubs in Wales click HERE
To get involved with actions next October for senior team visit our FOA page HERE.
Junior League teams can also get involved during our Week of Action during Anti Bullying Week November 14th-20th where information can be found HERE.
Alternatively you can contact our Welsh Campaign Worker Jason Webber:
Tel: 02920 340 422
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