Review of the Fortnight of Action in Wales
The Fortnight of Action once again formed part of the FARE Football People action weeks which finished on October 22nd.
All 60 UEFA Champions League, Europa League and for the first time, the UEFA Women’s Champions League, matches endorsed the message of the Fare action weeks.
These activities are a statement of UEFA’s focus on challenging intolerance and xenophobia in football, and were witnessed by millions of fans in the stadiums and on television.
UEFA global ambassador for diversity and change, Clarence Seedorf, shared his views on the campaign and the necessity of engaging young people: “Diversity is a strength, not a weakness,” he said. “We need to educate young people, give them the possibility to understand that diversity is positive, and to feel and experience this, so they can then join forces in promoting a more diverse world.”
Football People ambassador and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré reinforced his commitment with the campaign and said: “I have experienced racial discrimination as a professional footballer and as a man walking down the street, so I have a deep understanding of this problem.
“We can utilise the power of football as a great resource to educate people and help break down the barriers of racism within the game and society.”
The FOA in Wales was once again supported by the Football Association of Wales and this year’s Fortnight of Action saw clubs along with its players across all unite to challenge discrimination.
During the first week of actions the Welsh Premier League clubs showed their support for the campaign prior to kick off.
The New Saints Manager Craig Harrison who has attended a number of our educational events also highlighted The Saints’ stance against racism saying, “As manager of The New Saints, we are aware of the campaign and fully embrace it. The campaign is excellent and it creates a low of awareness which can only be positive.”
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) October 17, 2016
The second week of action saw Welsh clubs Cardiff City, Swansea City, Wrexham, Newport along with their English opposition all holding match actions to highlight their stance against racism.
Swansea City hosted Watford at the Liberty stadium.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 23, 2016
Newport county and Plymouth Argile joined together at Rodney Parade....
— Plymouth Argyle FC (@Only1Argyle) October 22, 2016
While Wrexham entertained Bromley at the Racecourse....
— R.C.F (@Racecourse_C_F) October 24, 2016
We would like to thank all the clubs, players and fans for supporting this years Fortnight of Action in Wales.
We look forward to holding our educational club events at each of our partnership clubs over the forthcoming season.
Thank you to the Football Association of Wales for funding the Fortnight of Action again this season.