Club Welcome Refugees 2018
Sports clubs are invited to express an interest in getting involved in a unique programme of Show Racism the Red Card. We believe no one should be excluded from the right to participate in sport and we want to see a level playing field for all involved.
The Club Welcome programme aims to support activities which will lead to the possibility of sustained integration of asylum seekers and refugees within the fabric of sport. The idea of this programme is to increase refugees’ and asylum seekers’ participation in sport, to help them integrate and to raise awareness of their plight in the local community provide structured awareness of their plight in the local community and provide structures support.
Asylum seekers/ refugees are under-represented within Irish sport. We recognise that there are particular barriers to participation. These centre around knowledge of localities, people, services and lack of information or understanding as to what is available. There may be language barriers in terms of not having English, which can be a barrier to accessing information. Not knowing people can lead to isolation means particular outreach initiatives are needed. In addition to all these challenges, issues of finance and transport can present barriers to participation.
However, it is possible to overcome these barriers and the Club Welcome programme has lessons from year one of this programme. Club Welcome is a programme to support sports clubs to include those from asylum seeker/ refugee backgrounds. Check out the report from the activities of five clubs who delivered activities, which successfully included refugees and asylum seekers.
Support we can offer participating clubs
– meetings with clubs and participating stakeholders
– a grant of €400 to support activities
– information, advice and useful contacts
– anti racism education resources
To get involved in the Club Welcome Refugees Programme 2018, we invite you to submit an expression of interest form for consideration.
The FAI Integration Through Football programme is a programme which aims to increase the involvement of people from Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Third Country (Non EU) Nationals backgrounds in Football. The programme involves Club/Community Partner alliances in collaboration to deliver a number of activities which cover English language learning, volunteer open evenings, club open days or open training session for children and adult Futsal.