SRtRC held its most successful Fortnight of Action to date, read the full report here:
Fortnight of Action Report 2015 - Report
Tackling Racism and Sectarianism, Promoting Inclusion
"In 2015 Ross County Football Club are delighted to again show our support for Show Racism the Red Card’s Annual Fortnight of Action. We are honoured to play our part in encouraging social inclusion, diversity and tolerance as well as stamping out prejudice and inequality in our society. On behalf of the Club I appeal to you to report and never tolerate racist behaviour wherever it may exist in your community. It is totally unacceptable in any form.
"As Club Captain - and on behalf of all my teammates and coaching staff - I encourage all our supporters to embrace this idea and show racism the red card.” Andrew Davies, Ross County FC Captain
Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) held its 12th Fortnight of Action (FoA) from 8th – 22nd October 2015. The Fortnight of Action this year made a stand against racism.
This time of concerted action across Scotland encourages community groups, schools, and professional clubs, amongst others, to positively engage with Show Racism the Red Card not only during the Fortnight of Action but throughout the year.
The support of professional football clubs is central to Show Racism the Red Card’s method of engaging with positive anti-racism messages. The Fortnight of Action is Scotland’s way of participating in UEFA partners Football Against Racism in Europe’s (FARE) action weeks.
Fortnight of Action – Launch
The FoA was launched on Wednesday 7th October. Pupils from two local schools, Our Lady of the Rosary Primary and Moss Park Primary participated in 2 red card educational workshops and a coaching session at the Palace of Arts Sports Complex in Glasgow. This was followed by a challenge football match between two enthusiastic teams. One team was made up of representatives from the Glasgow Community & Co-operative League, while the other comprised ex-professional footballers and representatives from the Scottish media who continue to show their support for the campaign by participating in the match.
SRtRC were delighted to further have the support of Bala Sport, who generously provided ethically sourced Fairtrade certified balls for the match, alongside balls and kit for the SRtRC team to use while running fun and fitness sessions for young people within their educational sessions.
Bala Sports Joint Managing Director Angus Coull with SRtRC supporter Gordon Smith
Bala Sport Joint Managing Director Angus Coull said:
“As a Fairtrade co-operative that exists to ensure a fair deal for our sports ball workers in Pakistan, we’re delighted to get behind Show Racism the Red Card and this very important campaign. “Football brings people together from all backgrounds, and the professional players we all look up to have the power to help rid the world of racism through their influence. There’s was a great line-up in the launch match and it was wonderful watching the launch match played fairly with Fairtrade certified match balls”.
Feedback from the schools:
“I learned that there are 4 different parts of racism: your race, skin colour, religion and culture. Some famous sport players are targeted for racism because they have darker skin and finally it doesn't and shouldn't matter what colour of skin you have, everyone is the same and everyone is different, no matter what EVERYONE is worth the same.” Pupils Our Lady of the Rosary Primary
“Well organised, lots to do, clear outcomes, met many E and Os from CfE. Great!” Teacher, Mosspark Primary
“A very worthwhile learning opportunity for all Glasgow school children to combat racism” Teacher, Our Lady of the Rosary
Fortnight of Action – Community Grant Scheme In 2015 we were able to offer a community grant scheme thanks to funding from Scottish Governments Active Scotland department and the Equality Unit funding.
We stipulated that a maximum of £500 could be applied for by each organisation to maximise that amount of organisations that received a grant. In total we received applications from 11 organisations for a community grant to support their project.
|Aberdeen FC Community Trust||Aberdeen City||Free to play football participation centre aimed towards young people of an ethnic minority – using football as a tool through which the integration of many young people of diverse ethnicities can occur.|
|Cafe Holiday Club||Glasgow City||International Inspiration (World Traditional Games) – young people with disabilities (5-18yrs) will learn about different countries and their culture and traditions and celebrate their diversity. Chosen countries and countries of origin of service users.|
|The Clyde Football Community Foundation||North Lanarkshire||Free football camp – including talks on anti-racism|
|Glenrothes Stroller FC||Fife||Red for Racism football Camp – football related fun sessions run alongside interactive workshops and presentations on racism, bigotry and discrimination.|
|Hyde n seek Nursery||Glasgow||Wear Red Day – nursery will engage in storytelling from different cultures and will participate in games and sports from other cultures.|
|Kilbowie Primary School||West Dumbartonshire||Celebrating Diversity Day – story tellers, food, screening of This Is My Home – included pupils and parents.|
|Look Who’s Learning Ltd||Glasgow City||Wear Red Day - nursery will engage in storytelling from different cultures and will participate in games and sports from other cultures.|
|North Glasgow Football Development Group||Glasgow City||October Camp – inclusive football camp, football training and anti-racism workshops.|
|Organisation for Nepalese Culture and Welfare||Aberdeen City||Sports and Arts Event – football tournament with anti-racism theme/integrating communities.|
|Ozzys One Ups||Glasgow City||International Inspiration – Traditional Gamesfest – young adults with disabilities will get the opportunity to participate in traditional games from around the world – learning whilst playing about different countries culture, traditions and celebrating the diversity of these.|
|Stenhousemuir FC||Falkirk||Anti-racism educational training for coaches.|
|Stranraer Academy||Dumfries and Galloway||Football match between teachers and pupils and setting up an anti-racism committee with in school.|
Organisation for Nepalese Culture and Welfare
“This programme creates a group platform for discussing anti-racism issues to Nepalese community. I have gained more confidence to discuss about this issue now” Dr Dinesh Thapa
“This event help me to gain knowledge about anti-racism issues. Now I understand anti-racism value and speak about it with my colleagues at work. I enjoy this event very much.” Mrs Sumana Ojha
“The biggest impact of the event is the increase in our capacity and comfort in understanding issues relating to racism. There is actually a group of men from a local ethnic minority community which hires our facility to play football each week. They have a strong desire to progress as a group and as a club we have now committed to supporting this group formally as part of our development plan. The workshop delivery has given our coaches the confidence to work with people from different backgrounds which is fantastic.” Jamie Kirk Stenhousemuir FC
Fortnight of Action – Professional Football
This year the focus of the Fortnight of Action was on Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Premier League, Scottish Women’s Football League, and Scottish Junior Football Association with teams taking action at their games. SJFA teams in the West Region Super League, East Region Super League and North Region Super League took action on their matches on Saturday 10th October.
The SPFL teams took action on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th October and Sunday 18th October.
The 42 professional clubs, 62 women’s clubs and 42 junior clubs hosted actions including wearing logos on their shirts, holding up red cards before kick-off and making tannoy announcements. 95,500 football fans were exposed to the message at the SPFL games. The message received coverage across the national and local media including Sky Sports, BBC Alba, BBC Scotland, The Herald, the Daily Record and Scottish Sun.
After feedback from match officials in previous years I wrote to the referee development department to keep them informed of the actions taking place. I also asked if the match officials would wear a sticker transfer on their tops, this meant that the match officials were included in the weekend of action.
To enhance the visibility of the Fortnight of Action I asked stewarding companies to get involved this year by asking their stewards to wear a Show Racism the Red Card badge on their uniform.
The following companies agreed to be involved:
1043 stewards took part in the action this year.
We held a club event at Dundee United during the Fortnight of Action where pupils from Carnoustie High School and the number 5 group were joined by first team players Ryan McGowan, Billy McKay, Luis Zwick, Darko Bodul and Michal Szromnik who spoke to the young people about their migrant stories.
We promoted the FoA on social media and there was a large increase in our twitter statistics as can be seen in the table below:
The launch event was sponsored by Bala Sports.
PFA Scotland and Unite the Union sponsored the t shirts
Securigroup, Global Security, G4S, Sevoca, Garion for agreeing for their stewards to participate in the weekend of action.
It is important to draw attention to the invaluable in-kind support from the SPFL and its clubs. As stated in previous FoA reports the input of professional football is vital to the success of the Fortnight.
We produced a survey monkey questionnaire to assess the impact of the Fortnight of Action on the general public. Below are the responses to some of the questions asked. The survey shows that although we are not directly educating during the Fortnight of Action the raised awareness of the campaign and the issues of racism do have an impact on people attitudes and behaviour. Moreover, when considering results, only six individuals responded to the survey thereby limiting generalisability of results.
“The campaign gave me the space and imputes to discuss racism with my children, and I have subsequently referred back to that.” Respondent to survey
This year was one of the most successful Fortnight of Actions that we have held. We have steadily increased the number of football clubs participating in the weekend of action, last year including junior football and womens football was a big improvement and sustaining their participation this year was successful. Inclusion of match officials this year was another step to making the FoA more visable and inclusive for all taking part in football matches.
Involving stewarding companies in this years FoA increased visibility from the pitch to the stands throughout matches over the weekend of action. Next year we should aim to include stewards at all football grounds in Scotland.
The community grant scheme was a great success and this part of the Fortnight of Action really engages communities to get involved with the campaign.
Our social media activity is always increased during the Fortnight of Action and this year we increased our followers and likes during this period. Social media is an excellent way of keeping in touch with people who are participating in the FoA and is the best way for us to promote our messages during that time.