Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action takes place in Wales from 12th – 31st October 2012. This weekend will see Ton Pentre AFC support the Fortnight of Action during their FAW Welsh Cup First Round fixture against Dinas Powys on Saturday, 20th October when both teams will be wearing anti racism T-shirts prior to kick off and jointly supporting the anti racist message.
This period of concerted action encourages participation from all sections of communities to celebrate diversity and tackle racism. A major aim of the Fortnight of Action is to encourage anti-racist actions, events and initiatives to take place throughout the year. Many organisations begin their actions during October and run follow-up events during the year. One proven way of making a difference is to act on a local level to break down barriers that lead to racist attitudes and behaviour. These barriers can include:
• Racial stereotyping
• Ignorance of other cultures
• Excluding practices
• The idea that any one culture or racial group is superior to another
This year’s SRTRC Fortnight of Action will once again see players in Wales show their support for the anti-racist cause. Action at games will include:
1. Players wearing SRtRC RED T-shirts
2. Players ‘RED card’ action at WPL games
3. Anti-racist tannoy announcements
4. Articles in match programmes
5. Articles on club websites
6. Unveiling of anti-racist stadium hoardings
7. Involvement with local clubs and communities
Football is a sport that is followed by all, and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background. We hope you enjoy the game this weekend and ask you to support the player’s action before kick-off.
SRtRC’s Campaign worker, Jason Webber, whose role is working with clubs across Wales utilizing football as an engagement tool for young people, spoke about the Fortnight of Action saying:
“This season will see more clubs than ever unite across Wales in actions prior to kickoff and all clubs are to host an event with young children using the players as role models talking to pupils about their experiences, this is a big step towards stopping racism in the play ground and in the community. The launch of the new Ambassador scheme will further highlight the support of the players and our clubs in Wales.”
SRtRC’s work is funded by the Football Association of Wales and Andrew Howard, who is the FAW Head of Competitions, highlighted its importance and said:
“The Fortnight of Action, which Show Racism the Red Card coordinates in Wales, is a hugely important event in the Football Calendar. The Football Association of Wales believes that the support from its clubs during this campaign will help to educate and re-educate football fans of all ages in order to stamp out the threat of Racism in the terraces and on the football pitches in Wales.”
If you see or hear racism at any level of football, please report it to the club, stewards or the police.
Further details about the campaign and the Fortnight of Action can be found at www.theredcardwales.org or you can contact the Welsh office at:
Tel: 02920 351 616