We are FOOTBALL PEOPLE – Join the FARE action weeks 201102 October 2011

12 – 25 October 2011

The 2011 FARE Action Weeks are themed Football People. Our aim is to challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football, wherever we live, whatever our connection to the game, or our background.

The weeks aim to encourage initiatives and activities to address problems, or celebrate success, within your club or community. They allow us to join together across Europe to present a unified stand.

Alongside activities by professional clubs and leagues, such as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, the weeks give fans, minority groups and grassroots clubs the opportunity to celebrate the inclusive power of the game.

If you are a fan group or a community organisation, you might develop one of the following actions:
> Organise a fan choreography inside your stadium
> Distribute anti- discrimination materials at a game
> Develop an education workshop to be given by fans to schools in your area
> Work with minority groups in your area on a joint project
> Work with players (or ex-players) to hold an event
> Develop a small exhibition celebrating the diversity of fans, and black and minority players at your club
> Hold a fans forum with minority groups
> Organise a flash mob in a public place in your town
> Invite minority groups that are under-represented amongst your fans to a game

From August 1st you can apply for a €400 grant to help your activities, the English online form can be found here.

We look forward to learning about your ideas, initiatives and activities. Take a stand and join the FARE Action Weeks this October.

Grants to help activities
To help organise grassroots events, FARE is able to offer small grants for activities that take place during the Action Weeks.

The range of activities we are able to support include the production of campaigning materials (banners, flyers, fanzines, posters, t-shirts, stickers), the production of fan choreographies and flags, the organisation of stadium actions and community days and football- related intercultural events such as special matches, debates or tournaments.

The financial contribution groups can ask for should not exceed 400 €.

In the past we have been able to lend financial support to about 150 groups. If you intend applying for small grants we ask you to observe following criteria:

1. Action is directly linked to anti-discrimination and football and takes place between 12 – 25 October 2011.
2. The activity aims at involving migrants, ethnic minorities or other targeted groups such as refugees, asylum seekers, LGBT communities or religious minorities.
3. Quality of partnerships and involvement of grass-root organisations (fan groups, NGOs, amateur teams,…).
4. The activity should pay attention to gender equality and inclusion of minorities
Please apply here.

Application for Grants
Refer to the online application form in 4 languages (English, German, Italian and French ) and describe briefly your planned activity or event during the FARE Action Week.

We can applications accept applications until 25 September 2011.

We look forward to learning about your ideas, initiatives and activities.

For more information, and details on how to order resources and materials write to info@farenet.org.

Even if you do not apply for financial help we would encourage your commitment and ability to develop activities on your own, since you know the situation best. If you require further advice please contact the FARE group coordinating the Action Week in your country.

Campaign Resources
FARE will produce an Action Week poster (A2 format) which will be sent to all FARE contacts and also upon request. We can also offer a limited amount of campaign material to initiatives including stickers, t-shirts, flags and captain’s arm-bands.

These items will also be available to buy through www.farenet.org

Contacts for regional co-ordinators of the FARE Action Weeks: