Call for Football Clubs to tackle Racism #footballpeople #fare

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

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
  • 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 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 Welcome Refugees

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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Baldoyle United Club Welcomes Refugees

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: or text: Dave Nutley at 086 023 1420.

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Ballaghaderreen FC Welcomes Refugees

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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Galway GAA Club Welcomes Refugees

Gael na Gaillimh ‘Team Together’ July 14th 2018 Report

Gael na Gaillimh GAA club in Galway City held a ‘Team Together’ event on July 14th 2018. This event was supported by Show Racism the Red Card and involved an open day, where members of our community were invited to come and learn the basic skills and have some fun. The ultimate aim was to promote awareness about the club and promote our inclusive ethos, letting all community members know they were welcome to join.

Specific effort was made in advance to link with socially excluded groups in our community. Namely, those living in direct provision. In order to achieve this, we linked with local initiatives such as ‘Walk the Talk’ a local group aiming to promote social integration of asylum seekers through sport, as well as the University of Sanctuary and ‘Fáilte Refugees’ local groups. Collaboration was also made with Amach, the Galway LGBT volunteer run organisation which represents and advocates on behalf of the LGBTI+ community in Galway city and county. The event was hosted in partnership with Amach and Gael na Gaillimh.

The event itself was a great success. 30 individuals attended which included existing members from Gael na Gaillimh’s women and men’s teams, and many new people from all over the world, including residents from two direct provision centres in Gawlay city. The day began with an introduction to the basic skills of Gaelic football and was followed by a mini tournament. A social event was held in the evening and catering was provided by One World Tapestry, a non-profit organization which aims to create a space for people to come together through food and experience an inclusive community while working with asylum seekers to help them use their own skills through volunteering.

Overall, this partnership are encouraged that this has been a good first step to promote inclusion and invite new members to our club. Moving forward, we will maintain these links and open communication to hopefully encourage people to continue playing with us and invite new members in the future also. We are very grateful for the support of Show Racism the Red Card, without whom, this event would not have happened.

SRTRC are engaging clubs around the country as part of our Club Welcome Refugees programme, which is supported by St Stephen’s Green Trust.  Currently we have 8 clubs who have registered to participate and some of them have already delivered their activities.  We will be posting reports updating on progress of  implementation of this programme

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Anti Racism Creative Competition Awards 2018

Today, over 350 young people from 30 schools and youth services gathered at Tallaght Stadium for the 9th Annual Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition awards.  A showcase of art, poetry and multimedia creativity was on display.

Check out just a sample of the media coverage from the day:

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Anti-racism charity releases infographic ahead of UN Anti-Racism Day

Anti-racism charity releases infographic ahead of UN Anti-Racism Day

 – Calls on Government to increase investment in integration –

On the eve of the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Irish anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) have released an infographic highlighting its work to tackle racism in Ireland.

The UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21st March, with activities and events taking place across the globe.

Speaking ahead of the international day, Garrett Mullan, Executive Director of SRtRC today (20.03.18) said: “The UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is the perfect time for us to take stock on the work that SRtRC has been able to do to challenge racism.


“To mark this important day, we are releasing an infographic to highlight the amount and scope of work that SRtRC achieved, since 2017.”

Since the beginning of 2017:

  • 3,878 football players took part in SRtRC actions during the ‘Football Against Racism in Europe’ fortnight;
  • 332 student teachers and teachers completed the SRtRC online training;
  • 7,082 school students have participated in SRtRC workshops; and
  • 200 schools and youth services participated in the Anti-Racism Creative Competition 2018.

“Whilst we are proud what we have achieved in this time, we are calling on Government to increase the Integration Funds and the Community Integration Fund, so as to allow organisations like SRtRC to sustain the impact of their work,” continued Mr Mullan. “In 2007, Government allocated €9.2m for integration but only spent €3.2m. The amount allocated has since been reduced to €1.1 million, leaving anti-racism organisations with limited resources with which to tackle racism in Ireland.”

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Education against racism evaluation surveys

To assess our work, so we can improve our offer, we are launching three surveys to stakeholders for feedback.  They surveys are short and will take no longer than 5 minutes.

For our Education Pack survey, please go to

For our Teachers/ Educators survey, please  go to:

For our Pupils survey, please go to:



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Awards to clubs who welcome refugees

             Club Welcome plaque presentation award

The presentation of Club Welcome plaques to conclude our Club Welcome Refugees programme will take place next Tuesday with Minister of State David Stanton TD presenting a plaque of appreciation to five sports clubs.

Pictured: participants in the Show Racism the Red Card Club Welcome programme activities at Booth Road Celtic FC, Ballaghaderreen GAA club and Sligo Rovers FC

The pilot of this programme was completed during 2016-2017 and is in recognition that sport has a big role to play in promoting integration.  The five clubs receiving awards have carried out a programme of sustained work which will contribute to integration of refugees within Ireland.

The programme was supported by the Community Foundation and the Ireland Funds and ran between 2016 and 2017.  Thanks to support from the St Stephens Green Trust, we will be continuing this pilot programme and develop it as well as increase the number of clubs involved.  We will be putting out a call for involvement in the 2018 programme shortly.

The Club Welcome awards are being presented at 12: 30pm, Tuesday 23rd January 2018 in the Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

The five clubs are:  Booth Road Celtic FC, Dublin 22, Ballinacurra Gaels GAA club, Limerick, Ballaghaderreen GAA club Roscommon, Emo Celtic, Co Laois and Sligo Rovers.

-Sligo Rovers delivered coaching sessions freely accessible to residents in Globe House, once a week over 20 weeks.  Sligo Rovers not only offered training sessions for residents  of Globe house but we also organised fully qualified coaches and also organised friendlies for the residents of Globe House against local grass root clubs in Sligo.

-Booth Road Celtic Football Club hosted an open coaching evening with the FAI inviting residents from the Towers Accommodation Centre and also engaged with residents of the accommodation centre to identify and accommodate access for children in the centre to participate at different levels of the club including the club academy on Saturday mornings for children aged 4-7 and under 8’s to under 14s schoolboy teams.

-Emo FC have provided free access to their all- weather facilities to residents in Montague House and also made a policy decision to allow free membership to their club to children of asylum seekers, in recognition of financial barriers.

-Ballinacurra Gaels GAA club in Limerick engaged with local support agency Doras Luimni and have organised ‘Have a Go’ days specifically with children of asylum seekers and refugees.

-Ballaghaderreen organised a club blitz involving some Syrian refugees (pictured above) and also a trip to Croke Park for the All- Ireland final between Roscommon and Mayo.  The club now has Syrian refugees training with the Under 18’s football team.

Media Coverage Report


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Wear Red Day report 2017

24th November marked the second annual Wear Red Day against racism hosted by Show Racism the Red Card.  The programme called for participants to register activities for the day where those involved were invited to wear red, collect donations and deliver other activities to show their support.

Upon registration, participants received an organiser pack which included leaflets, posters, red cards, stickers and template press release and announcements.  23 schools and 12 other groups participated.  Check out this link for the full report

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