[:en]A total of thirteen organisations across twelve European countries will be funded to run anti-discrimination events during the Football People weeks this October.
The projects are being funded through Fare Event Grants, with support of UEFA, and will be among the highlights of this year’s campaign. The activities will include film festivals, theatre performances and launches of educational materials as well as conferences and round tables in countries including Bulgaria, England, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Romania Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
A pool of €30,000 was made available to fund events during the two-week period in October, reaching supporters, clubs, leagues and the general public across Europe in a unified stand against exclusion and intolerance.
A further fund of up to €50,000 will open on the 1st August for small grants to fund general activities during the period.
The Football People Event Grants were first launched in 2013 to support national, international and transnational level interventions seeking to generate a long-term impact.
The 2014 successful applicants are:
Association 'Thumende' Jiu Valley
Production and screening of a documentary about a team of Roma judges who have a formed football team and organised football fixtures to counter Roma exclusion.
Sibiu, Romania (06-11 October)
Bilitis Resource Centre Foundation
Film festival on LGBTI rights, including the screenings of the films “Thokozani Football Club: Team Spirit”, “Foot for Love” and “Football under Cover”. International guests will introduce the films.
Workshops on self-defense, first aid and racism/sexism will be led by partner organisations, including Discover Football, Red Cross and Bastet Women’s Boxing Club.
Sofia, Bulgaria (20-23 October)
Black Collective Of Media in Sport (BCOMS)
A day long conference to promote and underline diversity among sports media. The day will include workshops and a Question and Answer (Q&A) session.
London, England (date to be confirmed)
Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities
Roundtable discussion on inclusion through football. Production and launch of a tool kit and good practice guide, for clubs and organisations, with recommendations about on and off pitch engagement and participation of migrant communities.
Manchester, England (22 October)
Challenges and opportunities for diversity ahead of World Cup 2018 in Russia
Roundtable discussion on the issues of racism and discrimination in Russian football with Russian.
St.Petersburg, Russia (13-17 October)
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)
Conference to address racism and sectarianism in Scottish football organised in cooperation with Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers clubs.
Glasgow, Scotland (date to be confirmed)
East European Development Institute
Conference on discrimination against Crimean Tatars and discussion on the role of Ultra groups in Ukraine’s in recent events and their impact in football.
Follow-up on the implementation of the Resolution signed in Kyiv, in October 2013.
Kyiv, Ukraine (15-26 September)
National conference on discrimination to discuss the role of women in football, and the topics of media and racism, discrimination in Greece, fans and the far-right and the role of players.
The event will be organised in partnership with the Greek Football Federation and Super League.
Athens, Greece (15 September)
Foundation for Freedom
Production and dissemination of a manual on the empowerment of ethnic minorities through football, including good practice and recommendations, workshops in Gdańsk, Kraków, Wrocław and Rzeszów and exhibitions on social inclusion through football based on the Ethnoleague initiative.
Warsaw, Poland (01-23 October)
Foundation of Subjective Values
Four seminars focusing on partnerships and tactics in tackling racism in football stadiums; sport as a tool for social inclusion; the Hungarian observer system in football fixtures; and the role of supporter organised fan clubs in combating discrimination.
Budapest, Hungary (10 and 24 September and 08 and 22 October)
HAADUMIM Supporters Trust
Anti-discrimination travelling exhibition that will visit schools and offer lectures and workshops on the topic. A football match between young people and teachers will be played against the HAADUMIM team, constituted of Hapoel Tel-Aviv youth and professional players and fans, followed by a Q&A session.
Several cities, Israel (dates to be confirmed)
Institute for Intercultural Dialogue
Travelling theatre play on LGBTI rights, sexism and homophobia in football. The cultural initiative aims to be a stereotype-breaking action for young people and the general public.
Several cities, Slovakia (dates to be confirmed)
Anti-racism film festival organised in partnership with a school of cinema, migrant and human rights organisations and the municipality of Porto.
Panel discussions and educational sessions will be held after each film. A half-day screening will be dedicated to children films.
Porto, Portugal (17-19 October)
Spolint Institute of Sport Development
Conferences in Koper and Ljubljana on sport, youth, education and justice bringing together experts, athletes, NGO’s representatives. Production of an educational manual on inclusion, diversity and football.
Koper and Ljubljana, Slovenia (08 and 18 October)
Youth center Zagorje ob Savi
Launch of national level educational guide on anti-racism practices, followed by a series of activities to demonstrate its use, including a football tournament, and a debate on discrimination in Slovenia and workshops on human rights.
Zagorje ob savi, Slovenia (09-11 October)