FARE Action Week: Schalker Fan-Initiative launches creative competition15 October 2004

Prize to be awarded in front of over 60,000 fans – Frank Rost on the jury

As part of the 5th European Action Week against racism and discrimination (14-26 October) staged by the network Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), the Schalker Fan-Initiative e.V. and FC Schalke 04 are organising a creative competition on the subject of “The Ball Doesn't Care Who Kicks It – Football and Discrimination”. The competition is open to Gelsenkirchen schools to Year 10 and local youth teams (maximum age: 16), who will be invited to take part by the city council. Almost anything goes, for example, pictures, collages, photos, films, written contributions. The only condition is that the works must show that the youngsters have given considerable thought to the competition and its theme.

As well as the prize money in the amount of 500 euros which is being donated by FARE and the Schalker Fan-Initiative, an extra special experience awaits the winners. FC Schalke 04 have kindly agreed to invite them to the Arena AufSchalke to see the Bundesliga game against Hertha BSC Berlin (Saturday, 13 November 2004), where they will be presented with their prize in front of more than 60,000 fans during the half-time interval. They will also be taken on an exclusive tour of the stadium – and there may also be another surprise in store for them!

The winners will be chosen by a jury made up of Frank Rost (Schalke captain), Dr Manfred Beck (Head of Culture, Education and Sport at the City of Gelsenkirchen) and Sven Schneider (Schalker Fan-Imitative).

The Fan-Initiative is also attempting to find a suitable venue where the best works can be presented to the public at a dedicated exhibition.

Entries must reach the Schalker Fan-Initiative by 5 November 2004.

The Schalker Fan-Initiative e.V. became a member of the FARE “core group” this year and is thus an “official partner” of UEFA, which backs the independent supporter-based network against racism.