Wednesday the 7th of October saw ex-pro's and media pundits come together to say no to racism
Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action is taking place between the 8th and 22nd October 2015. During this two week period all Scottish Professional Football League teams, as well as the Scottish Women’s Premier League, Scottish Women’s Football League and Scottish Junior Super League teams will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and wider Scottish Society.
The Fortnight of Action in Scotland makes a stand against racism. There is a pressing need at this time for communities to unite and stress anti-racism messages. Show Racism the Red Card is a partner of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and is proud to contribute to the annual FARE Football peoples action weeks.
“The Football People action weeks unites supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by discrimination across the continent in a concerted effort to make discrimination a thing of the past.” (FARE)
The Fortnight of Action got underway with 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.
The challenge football match organised by SRtRC brings together a diverse range of players committed to creating a more equal playing field for all; The Glasgow Community & Co-operative League was set up in 2015 to provide an organised and well administered Sunday football competition where sides from across west central Scotland can take part regardless of age or ability, but more importantly, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Scottish footballing legends from the past and media pundits joined them side by side to show support for the campaign. Ex-professional footballers who pulled on their boots to support Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action include Gordon Smith, Gerry Britton, Tom Boyd, Robbie Winters and Jim Duffy. Media pundits included Peter Martin, Chick Young.
This year the match was supported by Unite the Union, a huge supporter of the campaign and their continued support of the campaign is invaluable.
Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said:
“Unite is delighted to continue our long standing support of SRtRC and we recently enjoyed the privilege of participating in the launch of their excellent ‘This Is My Home’ campaign.
“Their work is more important today than ever in light of the ongoing refugee crisis across Europe and with voices of discrimination and fear-mongering growing louder against a co-ordinated pan-European humanitarian effort.
“Scotland will play our part in that effort but we know that barriers still remain for people to be fully accepted and integrated in our country - a Scotland where people can be free to live, work and prosper without fear of discrimination.
“So we are living out the next phase of the social justice challenge now and we look forward to our continued work with SRtRC in educating our society and pressuring our political leaders about the reasons why we say ‘refugees welcome’.
“By doing that we can better ensure in the years to come that the next generation of people who settle here will say with confidence, ‘Scotland: This Is My Home’.”
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 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”.
Pupils from local primary schools Mosspark Primary and Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary attended Show Racism the Red Card workshops in the morning and enjoyed a coaching session lead by Mickey Weir and Derek Ferguson (SRtRC coaches) before cheering on the teams in the launch match.