Club Welcome Refugees 2018

Club Welcome Refugees 2018

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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.

Expression of Interest for Club Welcome Refugees 2018

Does your club have an Equality/Anti Racism Policy?
YesNo

Has your club received anti-discrimination training?
YesNo

Would you like to receive?
YesNo

Activities you will carry out (tick all that apply):

Club friendly match involving a team made up of some of whom are asylum seekers/ refugeesClub outreach to asylum seeker/ refugee children with invite to join the clubIntercultural evening involving presentations from Irish and other nationalitiesFree access for a number of games (for example League of Ireland clubs)Free membership to those living in Direct ProvisionSource free gear, so children can play (make sure finance is no barrier to participation)Club activity as part of the FAI Integration Through Football project http://www.fai.ie/domestic/take-part-programmes/integration-through-football-project

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.