The Football People action weeks launched on the 9th October heralding more than 2,000 activities across Europe, as a united stand against discrimination and a celebration of diversity.
On the 15th Oct and the 22nd Oct over 60 kids will take part in Mossend FC’s Mini Champions League tournament. This will include children from two age groups from Mossend FC and kids of the same age from the Lanarkshire Mosque combined to make up the teams. This continues the partnership between Mossend FC and the Lanarkshire Mosque to allow all children from the area to train and play football irrespective of background and religion.
In Europe and beyond, fans, campaigners, grassroots and professional football, will come together in celebration of the game’s contribution to diverse societies to declare themselves Football People.
Leading players such as Didier Drogba, Andrea Pirlo, Yaya Toure and André Schürrle have declared their support for the campaign.
At a grassroots level, an unprecedented number of applications were submitted to Fare to fund activities during the period, which resulted in around 300 grants awarded including Mossend FC.
The weeks are the largest series of anti-discrimination interventions in European sport. UEFA, as Europe’s football governing body, is lending its support to the campaign by highlighting it at forthcoming Champions and Europa League fixtures and Euro 2016 qualifiers..
Fare Executive Director Piara Powar said: “Every year, the Fare action weeks bring people together to stand against discrimination. The impact of this is unique because people see and experience how a mainstream sport such as football, can be such an effective means of spreading messages of inclusion, equality and respect.”
Russell Sanderson, Club Publicity & Development Secretary at Mossend FC said:
“Mossend FC are proud and excited by the prospect of working with Fare during this fortnight of action and in the future. This started as a small idea to get kids involved but we didn’t realise the huge impact this would have and the support we would receive locally and further afield.
We would like to thank FARE for the support they have given, and local supermarkets Morrison & Tesco for providing drinks and fruit for the kids taking part. And also the SFA for their support. Youth football Scotland, Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker for their coverage of the events
This is massive and we at Mossend FC want to be part of that”