The Action Weeks bring people together.
The FARE Action Weeks unites supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by other forms of discrimination across the continent in a concerted effort to make discrimination a thing of the past.
The idea behind the Action Weeks is that a wide range of initiatives and activities that address local problems within their club or community and join groups across the continent to present a unified stand against discrimination in the game.
The Action Weeks aim to:
• Increase public awareness of the discrimination in football
• Create a united front by bringing together everyone in football
• Develop ideas and new practices that challenge exclusion
A key part of the activities are the events that further social inclusion by bringing people of different communities together through sport.
What started as a minor campaign in nine countries in 2001 has now become the largest series of anti-discrimination activities in sport. In 2011 activities took place in 41 countries with some of Europe‘s top stars lending support to the campaign.
All 32 teams of the UEFA Champions League participate in the campaign, reaching more than 600,000 fans directly at the matches and millions more via live broadcasts through television. The number of participating professional leagues has increased to 14.
FARE offers financial support for grass-roots activities at the community level. We are able to offer small- scale support for 200 groups.
In 2011 some 250 groups including fan clubs, ethnic minority organisations, football clubs and a variety of NGOs from all over Europe submitted creative proposals. With the backing of UEFA the FARE network has offered small grants to over 175 grassroots initiatives and provides campaign materials for free. Many more fan groups are organising themselves to challenge racism and discrimination. FARE‘s long-term focus on the situation in Eastern and Central Europe has led to an increasing numbers of applications in the Balkans, the former Soviet republics and the new EU members such as Poland, Hungary or Romania.
Get involved - join the FARE Action Weeks.
The 2013 Action Week will be from 15 to 29 October.