Building links with the Gypsy, Roma or Traveller communities in the UK- a development day for professional clubs07 October 2011

Kick It Out, FARE’S partner organisation in England has organised a one-day workshop to act upon the widespread discrimination and lack of opportunities that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities face in the UK.

Discrimination of Roma
The event comes at an important time, with the worrying rise of anti-Roma discrimination presenting a real problem within Europe. Incidents of harassment and violence have stretched from the suburbs of Belfast in Northern Ireland to the rural Bulgarian village of Katunitsa in recent weeks. As the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek comments “the recent incidents of anti-Roma violence appear to be instigated by extreme nationalists, who exploit insecurities associated with the economic crisis and political uncertainties of our time.”

FARE Roma Inclusion Grants 2010
FARE’s Call for Roma Inclusion Projects was set up last year to act upon this trend, with 17 groups in nine European countries being awarded funds to help tackle the exclusion of Roma communities and address Roma discrimination through football. While there are examples of professional players who have come from Roma backgrounds such as Spanish international Jose Antonio Reyes and former Yugoslavia defender Siniša Mihajlović, there still remains a lack of representation of members of this community in the game.

FARE Action Weeks 2011 supporting Roma inclusion
There are several grassroots projects taking place as part of FARE’s Action Weeks 2011 which seek to tackle the problem of discrimination towards Roma communities particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. However the event organised by Queens Park Rangers showcases the initiative of a professional club, and will encourage others to follow suit.

With a mixture of keynote speeches, educational workshops and football specific coaching sessions with members of the Irish Traveller community in West London, the day will provide a valuable insight into how best to engage with this specific community.

Date: Friday 4 November

Time: 11am-4pm

Venue: The W12 Club, Queens Park Rangers FC, Loftus Road Stadium, South Africa Road, London W12 7PJ

Free to attend and lunch and refreshments provided

Please RSVP to kevin@kickitout.org