Mountmellick Utd join fight against racism in football

Mountmellick Utd FC recently hosted soccer matches to mark Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Week 2012.

Mountmellick Utd FC recently hosted soccer matches to mark Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Week 2012.

During the event, four Midlands Schoolboy/girl league matches where played. Mountmellick U-16’s faced Kilavilla, Mountmellick U-14’s took on East Galway, Mountmellick U-10’s welcomed neighbours Rosenallis and Mountmellick U-14 girls hosted Tullamore Utd.

All of the players wore bibs with the slogan ‘United Against Racism’, as well as ‘Many Voices One Goal-Football Against Racism in Europe’ wrist bands.

Speaking at the FARE event in Conor Davis Park, John Nelson, Mountmellick Juvenile Club Secretary said, “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 from all backgrounds to grow their understanding of diversity and to appreciate each other’s cultures.

“With football being such a widely played and supported game, it is a critical tool in preventing racism and growing better cultural understanding. FARE Week allows us to promote and share this message and I would to thank all players, coaches, supporters & match officials who took part in today”.

Mountmellick Utd FC is among up to 100 groups – including schools, football clubs and community organisations – from throughout Ireland who took part in FARE Week 2012.

The week is an initiative of the FARE Network and is supported by UEFA and in Ireland by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Department of Justice and Equality. Thousands of events took place across Europe to highlight anti-racism messages and celebrate diversity. FARE Week 2012.

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