Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The campaign delivers educational workshops to young people and adults in their schools, workplaces and at events held in stadiums.
Last weekend saw all clubs in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League support the Fortnight of Action 15. Teams were wearing anti-racism T-shirts prior to kick off to show their support for Show Racism the Red Card and its anti-racism work.
The Fortnight of Action 15 forms part of the FARE Football People action weeks and is supported by the Football Association of Wales. This year’s Fortnight of Action will see 56 clubs, featuring over 1000 players across 8 leagues all unite to challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football, wherever we live, whatever our connection to the game and whatever our background.
What started as a minor campaign in nine countries in 2001 has now become the largest series of anti-discrimination activities in sport. In 2014, over 2,000 activities took place in 59 countries, with some of Europe’s top stars lending support to the campaign. All UEFA Europa League, Champions League and EURO 2016 Qualifying matches took part in the campaign, reaching fans directly at the matches and millions more through television. In 2014, 24 leagues participated in the Action Weeks and 18 European FAs actively supported the initiative.
The support from the Welsh clubs has helped SRtRC progress their work in Wales. Last season the campaign worked with over 20,000 young people and held 28 educational events at stadiums across the country supported by professional players. Once again this season the campaign will be delivering Educational Events at all Welsh Premier league clubs.
Football is a sport that is followed by all, and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We hope you enjoy the games this weekend and ask you to support the player’s action before kick-off. Follow Show Racism the Red Card on Social media:
To be kept up to date with this seasons Fortnight of Action follow the hashtag #SRtRCFOA15
If you see or hear racism at any level of football, please report it to the nearest steward or club official.
For more information on how to report racism visit www.theredcard.org/ReportITWales
Further details about the campaign and the Fortnight of Action can be found at www.theredcardwales.org or by contacting: Tel: 02920 351 616 Email: Wales@theredcard.org