This year saw 8169 people from 45 groups participate in Wear Red Day. This is the highest number in the three years of Wear Red Day. We were delighted that a number of workplaces joined the activities on the day. A new and exciting aspect to Wear Red Day 2018 was the lighting up Red of a number of iconic buildings around the country.
42 schools, councils, sports clubs and trade unions are gearing up to get at least 6,000 participating in our 3rd annual Wear Red Day.
On Wear Red Day, we invite you to Wear Red to make a stand against Racism. This year, not only are people wearing Red but buildings are too. Watch out for the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House and SIPTU’s Liberty Hall in Dublin and Spanish Arch in Galway being lit red.
Wear Red Day is an opportunity for you and for us to be public with our stand on racism and our belief that racism has no place in our society in work, school, sport or wherever and that why we invite you to get involved.
We also need to fund our education work and are asking for donations. We are asking all participants to donate at least €2 to help our work. This year, you can do that by text at sending ‘SRTRC’ to 50300, so we received €1.80 of €2 charged to your phone (service provided by Likecharity.com) .
You can also donate online at www.theredcard.ie/donate or by cheque in the post.
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The FA have announced that they have investigated and warned James McClean for use of language arising from a post he put up on Instagram in which he referred to supporters who were abusing him.
This statement is a joint call from Show Racism the Red Card Ireland, Show Racism the Red Card UK and the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland to both the Football Association in England and the Scottish Football Association to have a more robust approach to abuse faced by players like James McClean and managers such as Neil Lennon.
Racism on the basis of colour, nationality, religion or ethnicity is not acceptable and all within the game have a responsibility to respond appropriately.
James McClean has stood in solidarity with team mates who have experienced racism and spoken out. We stand in solidarity with James McClean, Neil Lennon and all those who experience racism.
We call on both the Football Association in England and the Scottish Football Association to investigate all incidents of anti-Irish discrimination.
We also call on both associations to invest funding in anti-racism education to help both supporters and young people understand the dangers and the impact of racism.
Garrett Mullan (SRTRC Ireland)
Stephen Mc Guinness (PFA Ireland)
Ged Grebby & Paul Kearns (SRTRC UK)
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We need your help to educate young people against racism. You can do that by participating in our Wear Red Day fundraiser on Friday 23rd November 2018.
We are inviting participants to:
– Wear Red on the day to make a stand against racism
– To donate €2 to support our message
– Organise an activity
Text Donate to 50300 using keyword ‘SRTRC’ Text costs €2. Show Racism the Red Card will receive a minimum of €1.80.
Iconic buildings turn red
This year, we will see the Mansion House, City Hall Dublin and SIPTU’s Liberty Hall turn red on Friday 23rd November. Between now and then, we hope to involve other buildings but most importantly, we hope to involved people to take a stand and #TackleRacism and participate in #WRD18
The picture below is the pedestrian bridge at Newcastle Gateshead on the River Tyne, which went Red for Wear Red Day England. We want Wear Red Day Ireland to be a great success. We invite you to get involved!
About Show Racism the Red Card-
We work to tackle racism through education and through producing education resources, which harness the role model status of stars of Irish sport and young people who speak of their experiences. Our programme of activities enables over 20,000 young people to get involved to tackle racism each year. Our activities include:
– FARE fortnight (involving 10,035 in 2018 October 11-25th) www.theredcard.ie/fare
– Anti Racism Creative Competition (involving 200 schools & youth services in 2018) www.theredcard.ie/competition
– Club Welcome Refugees supporting 4 sports clubs to include refugees www.theredcard.ie/clubwelcome
– Anti Racism Training training.theredcard.ie
Help us Tackle Racism!
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Tomorrow is the last day of the FARE fortnight and what a time it has been with a record number of clubs and schools getting involved alongside national league clubs in the SSE Airtricity League. We have seen 4511 players at all levels of the game involved in taking a stand against racism and to say ‘we are for Equal Game’.
In addition, we have seen the FAI bring the Show Racism the Red Card message to over 7,000 children in 135 schools in all four provinces of Ireland. This means that in 2018, we have had more participants in FARE fortnight of action than in any year previously.
Football is a game open to all, regardless of age, gender, nationality, religion, culture or disability. You can get involved and clubs are willing to take a stand for EqualGame and TackleRacism. Watch this space for updated reports over the next weeks.
In the meantime, you can still get involved with another Show Racism the Red Card programme and just as exciting. On November 23rd, we are hosting Wear Red Day #WRD18 for the third time and we invite you, wherever you are, to wear red to make a stand against racism and to donate to us, to help us develop the anti racism education packs we will launch soon.
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The letter below is being sent to clubs around the country. Help us spread the word. We have great resources available for clubs who want to tackle racism. For more information go to www.theredcard.ie/fare
RE: Call for participation in Football against Racism Weeks-11th-25th of October
Dear Club Secretary,
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) together with Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) are co-ordinating grassroots actions as part of the UEFA supported #FootballPeople actions weeks by FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe). Many of you may already be promoting respect for diversity and take a clear stance on racism in your club.
As part of the #FootballPeople fortnight, we would like you to consider:
Contact the clubs you are playing during the campaign period 11th -25th October, and explain to managers/mentors that your club/s is supporting the fare campaign by exchanging wristbands at the start of your match (es).
Agree with opposition that players will exchange wristbands just prior to the start of the match and shake hands (Champions League style).
Agree with mentors and managers that they will need to explain to players prior to the match (during warm ups) why your club is supporting this campaign.
Take a photo of players exchanging wristbands and shaking hands-send this to email@example.com
Use anti-racism signage cards for a group photo with all players. Display the anti-racism signage cards after use in prominent places in your club (clubhouse, changing rooms etc.).
What will be provided by the FAI and Show Racism the Red Card?
50 Show Racism the Red Card wristbands (underage clubs/teams or actions involving children).
Anti Racism branded football
11 Show Racism the Red Card small A4 signage cards.
Template text announcement and press release
How to express your interest to take part?
You can apply for support through Show Racism the Red Card by completing the expression of interest form at theredcard.ie/fare by Friday 21st September
We will then send you the resources needed in the week prior to 5th October.
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Roscommon Community Games from Ballaghaderreen have been actively including children of refugees from the EROC centre which accommodates refugees from Syria, as part of Show Racism the Red Card Club Welcome Refugees programme.
They attended the National Finals for Community Games last weekend but activities had been ongoing before that as Declan Regan explains: ‘In Ballaghaderreen, our U-14 Mixed Skittles team
won the Connaught Final back in July and they will compete on Saturday representing Connaught. Two of the team of seven are Syrian refugee children. We had two further teams that won Silver at Connaught Finals for U-12 & U-16 Skittles events.
‘We also have 3 Athletics Relays competing in the National Finals on Saturday on the brand new Athletics track at University Campus in Limerick. These relays qualified from our County Athletics back in June.
All 3 relay teams involves Syrian children from the center’.
‘Everyone was very excited about the Bus trip to Limerick on Saturday morning and competing in the largest Children’s sport event in Ireland – estimated 4000 children will compete from across Ireland. Training sessions are alternating over the past weeks to have everyone ready for action in the different events’.
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Throughout June, July and August, Dublin football club Baldoyle United has hosted weekly training sessions for refugee and asylum seekers living in Hatch Hall, Hatch St accommodation centre.
The initiative is supported by Show Racism the Red Card and manager Martin from Hatch Hall. Every Saturday afternoon the club’s astro facilities are being enjoyed by a group of 10-15 men aged 19 to 40 from the city’s accommodation centre. FAI-qualified coaches from Baldoyle Utd including Justin Reilly, Dave Elliott, Rob Ranson and Dermot Penrose have helped sharpen the skills of the group in a fun and friendly environment. Each session finishes with a friendly match.
Club PRO Dave Nutley said:
“We are delighted to have the lads out each week. They are from all around the world – Afghanistan, Ghana, Congo. You can see they really enjoy the few hours out in Baldoyle and appreciate the opportunity to have a bit of fun playing football. One of the lads said we could sign him for €10 million but his price is dropping every week!”
The club plans to continue the weekly sessions and will be playing a friendly match against local players in the coming weeks.
Baldoyle United is a sports club at the heart of the northside community and recently picked up an FAI Community Club award and Fingal County Council Community Group of the Year award. The club provides football for boys and girls of all ages. To get involved as a player or coach contact the club by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text: Dave Nutley at 086 023 1420.
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Ballaghaderreen FC are currently running opening training evenings for Under 14 &16 boys once a week. This is in it’s 9th week and hopefully will continue depending on funding which covers the running cost of the club. Currently all our club players pay a small fee to attend each week.
On Monday the 10th July, we organized a friendly game against our under 16 team and a group of a similar age from the EROC center (Refugee Accommodation Centre). This was played in good spirits and a return game was played on Monday 18th. Part of the plan with the training days is one adult accompanies the youths from the center and in turn we have paid for Nadir to attend Safe Guarding 1 course. The second adult Abdul will hopefully do the same and the club will cover the cost.
It is my hope for both to continue working with us and in turn get them to attend PDP 1 & 2. This I hope will be funded from some organization. From working with the refugees in the past it is so important we build a good relationship with Nader and Adbul as they are a great contact to have in the center. This is why any funding we receive will help us integrate the refugees into the community through sport.
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