A Football People branded van will take football coaches, goals, balls and other football equipment to disenfranchised youth and migrants in each county to deliver football training sessions, using the sport as a way of promoting integration through football.
The roadshow’s first stop was Ennis, a town located in Mid-West Region of Ireland, where a football tournament was held to kick-off the series of activities. The travelling initiative is being funded by the Fare Event Grants scheme, looking to encourage nation-wide interventions championing football’s power to bring people together.
— SARI Ireland (@sariireland) October 8, 2015
In addition, during the Fare campaign SARI will be linking Ireland’s 34 Direct Provision Centres, where asylum seekers are housed, with Airtricity League clubs, including first and second league teams, to take part in a match or a training session.
As part of this initiative, SARI also launched a campaign appealing for the donation of football boots, particularly in sizes 8, 9 and 10, to provide further help to refugees and asylum seekers, enabling them to have appropriate gear to practice the sport.
Building on the work started during the 2014 action weeks, where a series of 11-a-side matches were played in the stadiums of Drogheda United, St. Patrick’s Athletic, Sligo Rovers and UC in a move to bring people from different backgrounds together to play a match and meet, 15 matches will be held across different Irish cities in 2015.
With Sari’s support the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier against Germany also highlighted the Fare Football People message, where fans of both teams showed their support to the campaign.
Full list of matches:
Tuesday 6 Oct: 7.30pm St. Patrick’s Athletic v Hatch Hall DPC at Richmond Park, Dublin
Friday 9 Oct: 12-3pm Clare Community Development Project 5-a-side tournament at Leisure World, Ennis, Co. Clare
Monday 12 Oct: 8pm UCD v Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI), UCD, Dublin
Tuesday 13 Oct: 7.30 Bohemians v Team Syria at Dalymount Park, Dublin
Wednesday 14 Oct: 7.45pm Athlone Town v Athlone DPC, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Friday 16 Oct: 1pm – 4pm football training workshops at National School, Buncrana, Co. Donegal; 6pm: SARI Soccernites 5-a-side tournament with Don Bosco House and Peter McVerry Homeless Trust
Saturday 17 Oct: 1895 Trust Shelbourne supporters club event at Dalymount
Sunday 18 Oct: 11am Wexford Youths v Kilkenny Tigers, Wexford, Co. Wexford
12pm Latin American Solidarity Centre event: 5-a-side tournament at UCD,
Monday 19 Oct: 3.30pm Carlow IT v Rohingya community at Carlow IT, Co. Carlow; 6pm football training workshop at Teach ma n’Daoine, Monaghan, Co.Monaghan; 7.45 Drogheda United v Mosney DPC at United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Tuesday 20 Oct: Dundalk v Congolese community, Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co.Louth
Wednesday 21 Oct: Cabinteely v SARI Selection at Stradbrook, Blackrock, Co.Dublin
Thursday 22 Oct: All day football training workshop at Castle Connell National School, Co. Limerick; 3-5pm Insaka event: Priests v Imans at Trinity College Dublin; 7.30pm Shamrock Rovers v Dublin Devils at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
Friday 23 Oct: football training workshop at The Base, Drumshambo, Co.Leitrim
Monday 26 Oct: Bray Wanderers v Dun Laoghaire Guards, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Tuesday 27 Oct: 5-6.30pm football training workshop at School Padraig, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday 28 Oct: 7.30pm Galway United v Galway DPCs (venue to be confirmed), Galway
— SARI Ireland (@sariireland) October 15, 2015
— SARI Ireland (@sariireland) October 9, 2015