Monday 13th October, 2013
This weekend will see Newtown AFC support the Fortnight of Action during our fixture against away to Aberystwyth Town on Friday 18th October, 2013 where both teams will be wearing SRtRC anti racism T-shirts prior to kick off and jointly supporting the anti racist message.
This period of 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 have an Ambassador scheme, which a clubs player along with the manager will represent the club working with SRtRC promoting their message.
Our club ambassador this season is Shane Sutton who shared his thoughts on the campaign and racism in football saying: "It is a pleasure to be associated with the anti-Racism campaign. We don't see it first hand in our area, but any form of victimisation is wrong and should be stamped out, but particularly one which targets the way you look or where you might come from."
First Team Manager, Bernie McNally also highlighted the clubs stance against racism and said: " I have played at all levels of football, right through to Internationals and Managed in other places in the World and I have seen Racism first hand. It is ugly and must have no place in football. I am happy to take part in the campaign and wholeheartedly support it."
SRtRC’s Campaign worker who’s role is working with clubs across Wales utilizing football as an engagement tool for young people spoke about the FOA saying:
“This season will again see more clubs than ever unite across Wales in match actions prior to kickoff and more clubs will be hosting events over the year involving young children attending the ground. Racism continues to spoil the beautiful game and we must all unite to step up our efforts in challenging these issues to once and for all eradicate it from football and society.”
Jason Webber – SRtRC Wales Campaign Worker
SRtRC’s work with clubs is funded by the Football Association of Wales.
Follow the campaign on Twitter @theredcardwales and Facebook/theredcardwales
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 contact the Welsh office at:
Tel: 02920 351 616 Email: Wales@theredcard.org
UEFA Ten Point Plan of Action for Professional Football Clubs