This season saw our Welsh Campaign provide grants during the FOA for the first time.
The first SRtRC FOA Grant project was a big success and we will be looking to build on the program for next seasons FOA in 2013.
Jason Webber - Campaign Worker
This season saw the launch of the Fortnight of Action (FOA) Grants in Wales.
SRtRC provided an opportunity to non-statutory organisations including community groups, schools, youth clubs, fans associations, tenants associations and other grassroots bodies that are working to engage with young people, ethnic minorities, excluded groups, football fans, and refugees and asylum seekers to apply for small grants of up to £150 for the development of community-based projects in Wales during the FOA.
Applications were required to demonstrate the below criteria.
1) Anti-racist educational value.
2) Sport orientated.
3) Partnership work with other local agencies.
4) Projects must take place within the Fortnight of Action (12-25th October).
5) Act as a catalyst for further anti-racist activity throughout the year.
6) Encourage community participation.
The aim of the Fortnight of Action and our Grants project is to encourage innovative grassroots projects around the country that will raise awareness of the Fortnight of Action and to highlight issues of racism, diversity and inclusion.
Grassroots education remains the key to tackling racism in the long term. We had some fantastic applications from a wide range of groups and a good variety of activities.
Below outlines an overview on the grants that were provided and the activities that took place.
We supported the following organisations / groups during the FOA 2012:
1. ETOS – PRU – Merthyr Tydfil
2. Coleg Sir Gar – Carmarthenshire
3. Bangor City Community Sports – Gwynedd
4. Ministry of Life – Cardiff
5. South Wales Girls League – South Wales
6. KPC Youth Club – Bridgend
Overview of Projects
ETOS – PRU – Merthyr Tydfil
The ETOS programme caters for young people that are disengaged from school and society. The program helps to educate the young people in the aim to reintegrate them back into mainstream schools.
The project that took place during the FOA saw the young people take part in educational workshops exploring what racism is utilizing the SRtRC education resources.
*Above - young people with their medals and trophy.
After the workshops which the PRU are going to continue delivering in the future the young people took part in a football tournament and were also rewarded with a visit to the Cardiff City stadium which invovled a tour of the stadium.
One of the young people learnt that “It is not acceptable to call anyone names because they are not the same culture as us”.
Project coordinator Alison Roberts said “The sessions we have run with the help of SRtRC has been invaluable. Pupils have been made aware of the things that are unacceptable and have enjoyed the whole event.”
Coleg Sir Gar – Carmarthenshire
Coleg Sir Gar is a college in Llanelli and has held anti racist educational days and activities in previous years.
The project that took place during the FOA saw the college promote equality and diversity through a series of Educational SRtRC workshops that were followed by a 5 aside tournament.
The College will continue to hold a “Respect” campaign aimed at promoting diversity and equality across all equality strands. The will continue to run an annual equality and diversity fortnight where they will take performances and workshops out to all students across all their campuses.
Bangor City Community Sports – Gwynedd
Bangor City Community sports is an organisation that aims to utilize the power of football and the inspirational setting of a professional FC - Bangor City FC to engage with diverse communities of people.
The organisations seeks to engage different communities within projects and activities which improve their quality of life, develop themselves as individuals, address barriers to participation and increase social cohesion.
The project that took place during the FOA saw young people taking part in a SRtRC educational workshop at Bangor City FC that included a question and answer session with players Damien Allen & manager Neville Powell.
The young people then had a tour of the stadium and had the chance to meet all of the team prior to watching a game at the stadium when Bangor City played Airbus Uk.
Project Coordinator Ethan Ray said “The funding received from SRtRC will enable our organisation to engage individuals and communities within anti racism work as the funding included the provision of educational resources which can be utilized to run sessions in the future. It was a fantastic event; all of the participants had a great time, with some really memorable and empowering experiences for learners to take away with them.”
One of the young people that took part in the project shared their thoughts on the occasion “I had a fantastic time and got to meet the players and I learnt some new things about racism.”
Ministry of Life – Cardiff
Ministry of Life operates in South East Cardiff. They offer young people, aged between 11-25 the opportunity to get invovled in an extensive and on-going music project to gain qualifications, improve their musical skills and help them to integrate into society.
The project that took place during the FOA included training sessions with the young people to use musical software to produce an album about racism and the young people experiences of racism.
*Above - young people working on their lyrics in the studio.
The participants took part in educational workshops exploring and discussion the topic of racism.
They then started to write lyrics to their own songs about their experiences of racism and expressed them through music.
The group produced some songs that have been recorded, a video of them performing and taking part in these workshops can be found HERE.
South Wales Girls League – South Wales
The South Wales Girls League provides opportunities for girls to be actively involved in football throughout South Wales and runs the South Wales Girls League under the Football Association of Wales.
The project that took place during the FOA saw 26 girls football clubs from across South Wales come together and take part in a SRtRC football tournament that highlighted an anti racism message. Players held up SRtRC RED cards prior to kick off and also took home SRtRC resources including team posters and SRtRC magazines.
The SWGL are looking to make this anti racism tournament an annual event.
KPC Youth Club – Bridgend
KPC are a youth club based in Bridgend and cater for a wide range of individuals across all communities and ages.
The project that took place during the FOA saw KPC youth club link with another centre. 24 young people attended another youth club and jointly with the other young people took part in SRtRC educational workshop delivered by the youth workers utilizing the SRtRC resources.
*Above - participants form both youth clubs after the football tournament showing their support for SRtRC.
After the workshops all the young people from both centres took part in a football tournament where teams were mixed from both centres. Each participant had a SRtRC branded medal and certificate.
Project coordinator Alison Mawby said “Thank you to SRtRC for the funding, the event went rally well and all the young people had fun learning about racism and working together with other young people form the other centre and made some new friends.
One of the young people shared their thoughts and said “ It was fun, but we also learnt something, After watching the Olympics I realise that racism in sport is something that needs to be dealt with and the workshop helped.
The FOA & the FOA grants were funded and supported by the Football Association of Wales.