During this years weeks of action, Kick It Out once again worked with the FARE Network to distribute €3000 Euros in funding to projects in the UK.
FARE has funded projects across 38 European countries during this period, distributed €55,000 Euros to community football projects that demonstrate diversity and inclusion.
This year eight projects have been funded from England to demonstrate FARE’s call to action within the scope of Kick It Out’s One Game, One Community celebration.
The projects engaged people and communities from all sections of the community, from a diverse young person’s tournament in Derby to a game involving local refugees and Asylum Seekers in Teeside, in the north east of England.
A large refugee based organisation in Manchester has engaged local groups, specifically the local Roma community, to create a football festival day with local partners.
In the South West the Cornwall YMCA worked with local young people’s groups to bring football to their ever more diverse community; whilst the Meadow View project in Leicester is trying to work with the increasingly marginalised Gypsy Traveller community, working more closely with local young people, building bridges and dispelling myths and stereotypes often held about this community.
Middleton Park football club in Leeds will be working with their supporters and engaging them in workshops about religious and cultural diversity. In London Patchwork World are working with the Womens InterFaith Network to host a 22 nation World Cup style 5-a-side tournament, with local communities representing a different culture or nation to encourage learning and integration.
London Titans football club, part of the national Gay Football Supporters Network League have received support for their tournament in West London which will engage gay, lesbian and bisexual teams from around the country.
The list of groups funded by FARE are:
– Thornaby FC will use one of their league matches to host a community event in partnership with Stockton International family centre attracting refugees and asylum seekers in the north east with mainstream football and providing opportunities for those people to get involved
– Salford Welcome Group in Manchester hope to use football to bring young people from under represented communities into media workshops, equipping them to be the next voice of the game
– YMCA Cornwall – Part of Cornwall YMCAs wider Sewena community project this community day will consist of mini-tournaments for different sections of the community. The football will take place alongside stalls and cultural activities to engage a wide group
– London Titans FC are promoting a positive image of gay men in football through a 7-a-side tournament and marketing it to a wider audience in West London
– Widening Participation Project in Leicester hopes to encourage the local Gypsy Roma Traveller community to access local sports provision but also to break down barriers with the local settled community. Using friendly youth football and signing up volunteers from the local police the event hopes to lead to longer term more sustained activity.
– Middleton Park FC of Leeds will work with their spectators and players and parents in educational workshops about religion and culture. In partnership with the police, Leeds Council and local primary schools the workshops will also help to make the club more inclusive.
– Patchwork World will run a local 22 team World Cup tournament, with each country representing a development charity they are raising the awareness of. This will run in parallel with a 22 country charity bike ride from Derby to South Africa. The Womens Interfaith Network will partner in running the event as part of a bigger festival, engaging local communities.
– Derbyshire Race Equality Commission have established an Equality and Human Rights Youth Network which will organise a local football festival and tournament to raise awareness of these issues within Derby’s youth. Linked to various community groups, the council and Derby County FC the event will also raise awareness of the diversity of Derby to the wider public.
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