100,000 take part in Football People weeks06 October 2016

Thebiggestsocialchangecampaigninfootballkicked-offon06Octoberandisbringingtogetherhundredsofthousandsofpeoplealongsideplayers,clubs,Leaguesandgoverningbodiestostandtogethertotacklediscriminationandfightforinclusionandequality.

Activities are being organised in over 50 countries throughout October as part of the Fare Football People action weeks.

Football interventions will feature members of the movement holding events on issues including the participation and representation of women, homophobia, the involvement of ethnic minorities, challenging the far-right in football and the social inclusion of refugees. Over 100,000 participants will directly take part in events organised as part of the period.

To help develop grassroots action, over 227 Fare grants have been awarded to groups including refugee and asylum seeker aid organisations, women’s associations, ethnic minority groups, clubs and human rights NGOs. Amongst the most dynamic events will be the involvement of women in football beyond the playing field and examples of how the game can contribute to the inclusion of ethnic minorities on and off the pitch.

Fare Executive Director, Piara Powar, said: “The Football People weeks are becoming a landmark in the international calendar for both professional and amateur football. The campaign is an open initiative, if you believe in the values of inclusion, tolerance and want to contribute to a better world through football join us by organising an event, sending us a message, sharing film on social media on issues that are relevant to you.”

The increasing support of professional football has furthered the campaign’s recognition internationally. The Football Federations of Bulgaria, Slovakia and Turkey and clubs such as FC Porto, AS Roma and FC Krasnodar are among those that will lend their support this year. In UEFA competitions all matches – including Champions League, Europa League and Womens Champions League – will see activities as part of the UEFA No To Racism campaign.

“Professional clubs and Football Associations will make an important contribution to the cause. They show that they engage in actions that aim to make their stadiums and clubs welcoming to all, but they also help the message of inclusion reach hundreds of thousands,” added Powar.

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