The Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, was the venue for the European SRtRC meeting
At a time when the far right are calling for a “closure of all borders” after the horrendous events in Paris last week: it is vital that anti-racism knows no borders.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of SRtRC United Kingdom
Thanks to an Erasmus Plus funded strategy Show Racism the Red Card hosted their first meeting involving partners and friends from Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The meeting was attended by participants who came from a variety of backgrounds, for example, teachers, principals, youth workers and campaign workers all came together to take part in a discussion on tackling racism. Many individuals shared their stories and ideas regarding racism and the ways in which they have dealt with it.
The meeting also involved presentations from Des Tomlinson (FAI Intercultural Co-ordinator), Michael Boyd (Irish FA Director of Football) and Simon Christensen (Danish Players Union Social Responsibility) who discussed some of the brilliant work they are doing to make football inclusive to everyone through a supporter led strategy. Part of this strategy is the anti-racism and anti-sectarianism work of the Ireland Football Association (IFA). Recently SRTRC and IFA have agreed a working partnership, where both organisations will work to together to reach common goals.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of SRtRC United Kingdom said;
At a time when the far right are calling for a “closure of all borders” after the horrendous events in Paris last week: it is vital that anti-racism knows no borders.Show Racism the Red Card have a proud tradition of working throughout Europe since 1997 and thanks to Fifpro we now work throughout the World. Our meeting on 16th and 17th of November was a great opportunity to swap good practice between the different countries that were attending. The work of our sister organisations in Denmark, Ireland, Finland and the Netherlands are always an inspiration to us here in the UK. It was also great to catch up with the Michael Boyd and Jonathan Michael on our developing partnership work in Northern Ireland. We look forward to building upon this international meeting; Unity is strength!”