Arsenal skipper and inspiration behind Nike’s Stand Up, Speak Up wristband campaign, Thierry Henry has called on groups in the UK and Ireland to take up cash to help rid the game of racism.
In a press release, Henry said,
“Football has made great strides to combat racism within the game but there is still more work to be done. Working alongside existing ant-racism organisations, the Stand Up Speak Up campaign has been designed to offer further support to anti-racism projects, and now, by forming this partnership with the Football Foundation, we can all help to do something practical about it.
I urge organisations throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland to get in touch with the Foundation to apply for funds to enable them to continue or create projects within their communities. We need to drive home the message that racism in football and in society is unacceptable, together we can make a difference.”
The campaign, launched by Nike during last season, was an instant success with the wristbands selling out fast wherever they went on sale across Europe. The campaign is now looking to distribute £1m (€1.46m) of the money raised through the King Baudouin Foundation and the Football Foundation in the UK and Ireland.
Short-term initiatives lasting 1 year and costing up to £5000 can apply for 100% of their funding, whereas longer projects lasting up to 3 years and costing up to £60000 can apply for up to 50% of the costs. Voluntary organisations, community groups, football clubs, housing associations, small charities, youth clubs and fan groups based in the UK or Ireland are urged to apply. However, individuals, profit-making organisations, commercial businesses, statutory bodies, Government departments and local authorities are not eligible for any funding from the campaign. The deadline for submissions is Friday 28 October 2005.