Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action takes place in Wales from 17th – 31st October, 2014
As Ton Pentre did not have a fixture falling within the Fortnight of Action, the Club supported the cause in the match against Haverfordwest County on 11 October when both teams wore anti-racism T-shirts prior to kick off to show their support for Show Racism the Red Card and its anti-racism work.
Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in their schools, their workplaces and at events held in football stadiums.
The Fortnight of Action forms part of the FARE Football People action weeks and aims to challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football, wherever we live, whatever our connection to the game and whatever our background.
Support from Welsh Football Clubs has been integral in helping Show Racism the Red Card progress their work in Wales. During the 2013/14 season the campaign worked with over 20,000 young people and held 28 educational events at stadiums across the country supported by professional players.
Supported by the Football Association, the Fortnight of Action has been running since 2007 in Wales. More clubs and leagues have joined the action weeks each season. This year will see over 80 clubs across 9 leagues involved.
Jason Webber, SRtRC Campaign worker said: “This year’s Fortnight of Action will see a record number of clubs and leagues unite across Wales in match actions.
“Racism continues to spoil the beautiful game and we must all do our bit to step up our efforts in challenging these issues to once and for all eradicate it from football and society.”
Ton Pentre’s club ambassador this season is club captain Leon Young, who shared his thoughts by saying: “There is no place for racism in football as it is a game that can be enjoyed by all.
“Everyone at Ton Pentre Football Club is pleased to support the Fortnight of Action campaign and all of the other work that Show Racism the Red Card do throughout the country.”
Jason works with clubs across Wales utilizing sport as an engagement tool for young people.
A key part of the Fortnight of Action in Wales are the grants provided to community groups that further social inclusion by bringing people of different communities together through sport. For further details about the FOA grants and how to apply click here.
Football is a sport that is followed by all, and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background.
If you see or hear racism at any level of football, please report it to the club, stewards or the police.