Our Welsh office are holding a charity match during the Fortnight of Action to raise awareness & help raise money for our work in Wales.
Some of the biggest names in Welsh football and Rugby will descend on the Newport County stadium (Spytty Park) on Friday night for a free event (26th Oct) in a bid to Show Racism the Red Card.
Amid the current furore engulfing the game a Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) legends XI will be taking on an FAW XI in a bid to show a united front against inequality in the game and society.
In the wake of protests across the country on the weekend about the current issues of racism in football a mixture of former round and oval ball stars will be battling it out to help raise money for the education charity.
Former Cardiff legend Garry Bennett will be leading the SRTRC team onto the pitch. The Bluebirds star, who made almost 100 appearances during the 1980’s for the club , is now head coach for the charity who educate over 10,000 youngsters a year across Wales about the realities of the racism in their society.
The FAW will be captained by current Welsh manager Chris Coleman, the former Swans player admitted that this has always been a cause close to his heart, ‘ We have represented many victims of racism and have seen on far too many occasions the pain and suffering racism can cause. We have led on campaigns with unions in Wales and across the rest of the UK to promote anti-racism in the workplace, and are pleased to support Show Racism the Red Card's educational work with young people and others’.
There’ll be a strong Cardiff City link in the SRTRC side with former Bluebirds Scot Young, Andy Legg, Tony Bird, Roger Gibbins, Jason Perry and Lee Jarman lining up alongside Bennett in a team that also includes Newport County manager and former Spurs player Justin Edinburgh.
Fans of the oval game will be pleased to hear that former Welsh Internationals Nathan Brew and Lee Jarvis will be making their long awaited switch to football for the evening whilst Welsh female internationals Gwennan Harries, Loren Dykes and Natasha Harding will also be taking to the pitch.
Simon Richards, Education Manager at Show Racism the Red Card admitted that the game couldn’t have come at a better time. ‘Racism has been hitting the headlines recently and we have seen the need to tackle the issue as one. Players, managers and organisations need to get together and find ways of moving forward. This match gives us the chance to show people that we are all in this together.’
Along with working with young people across Wales the charity also deliver anti-racism training to hundreds of teachers and youth workers each year and count Ryan Giggs, Colin Charvis and Robert Earnshaw as patrons.
So come along and show your support for the anti-racism movement in Wales and cheer on some our greatest former players.
The event is being supported by Newport Council, Newport County FC, Bar Amber, the FAW, Unite the Union, Unison and Thompson Solicitors.
Date: 26th October 2012 7:30 KO (Gates open at 6:00pm)
Newport County Stadium (Old NCFC ground)
Newport International Sports Village
NP19 4PT Newport