The Football against Racism in Europe (FARE) fortnight ran from October 15 to 29 and during this two week period, Mountmellick Utd FC marked this initiative by showing the educational ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, DVD to Juvenile players from U-9 to U-16’s, their parents, coaches and managers.
Also throughout the fortnight, before matches players wore bibs with the slogan ‘United against Racism’, as well as ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ wrist bands.
Speaking about the FARE initiative John Nelson, Mountmellick Utd FC Juvenile Secretary said, “I think clubs have a responsibility to educate their players, not just in football skills, but also in life skills. Clubs play an important role in the development of the children and youths in their community. The skills they learn while involved in the club are skills they can take with them and use in everyday life.
“While football can be divisive, it is also incredibly powerful in uniting people and breaking down barriers. Now that Ireland is a multicultural society, we need to encourage children and adults to grow their understanding of the many new communities now represented amongst our neighbours, schools and workmates. Because football is such a widely played and supported game, it is a critical tool in preventing racism and growing better cultural understanding.”
Mountmellick Utd FC is among over 100 clubs, group, and organisations – including schools, football clubs and community organisations – from throughout Ireland who are taking part in FARE 2013 is supported in Ireland by the FAI as well as by UEFA across Europe. The initiative saw thousands of events taking place across Europe to highlight anti-racism messages and celebrate diversity.
According to Des Tomlinson, National Coordinator for Intercultural Football at the FAI, “FARE is a great opportunity to use the power of football to bring people together, make a stand against discrimination and promote respect for diversity in football and in society. Over the last five years a huge number of clubs; schools, youth groups and others have taken time to support FARE in Ireland by organising a wide range of activities, including friendly matches, football blitz events and competitions. In 2013 we look forward to the ongoing support of the football and wider community to mark FARE the FAI and show racism the red card would like to congratulate Mountmellick Utd FC for becoming involved in FARE 2013.”