40 countries across Europe will be undertaking anti-racist activities as part of the FARE Action Weeks.
The 10th Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) action week starts today 15th of October.
Show Racism the Red Card as a founding member of FARE will be participating in a number of different anti-racist actions and we are printing over half a million posters with 55 football clubs from England, Wales and Scotland.
We have high profile events at the following football clubs: Coventry City 15th, St Johnstone FC 17th, Cardiff City 17th, Barnsley and Doncaster Football Clubs on 22nd October, Celtic FC, Dundee United FC, Falkirk FC and Rangers FC.
On Monday 19th of October we have a joint event with Nottingham County Council at their HQ at 6pm with the Nottingham Forest Manager and Assistant Manager: Billy Davies and David Kelly, joining up with ex-professional footballers to hand out prizes for our anti-racist schools competition with the Council.
In Scotland on the 09th of October we kicked off a match between a SRTRC XI v The MSPs football match in Glasgow. Ex-players including Jim Duffy, Ally McCoist, Tom Boyd and Andy Walker lined up against the Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy and MSPs including Ken MacIntosh and John Park. Over the course of the fortnight, over 60 community based initiatives will be taking action alongside 200 SFA affiliated football clubs from the SPL, the SFL, the Scottish Cup, the SWPL, the SWFL and the Youth Initiatives.
Ged Grebby Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said: “We are proud to be founding members of FARE and to be contributing to what is a fantastic array of anti-racist actions. This year will see actions in 40 different nations and that is a great achievement for this network.
The aim of our campaign is to harness the high profile and role model status of professional footballers to combat racism in society. Racism is society’s problem not footballs, but we believe through anti-racist education we can make a real difference. FARE has built one of the biggest anti-racist networks in the world over the last ten years and we will be celebrating that achievement. We will also use the week to redouble our efforts to combat racism and the far right.”