Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action takes place in Scotland and Wales from 16th - 31st October, 2009.
Dundee United FC in partnership with ArabTRUST and UNITED for ALL hosted another Show Racism The Red Card Seminar for local school children as part of the annual Fortnight of Action in Scotland. The event was attended by 100 pupils; 50 from Longhaugh PS and 50 from Morgan Academy respectively
Panelists included Club Captain Lee Wilkie, Schools Development Manager Dave Bowman and MSPs Marlyn Glen and Joe Fitzpatrick.
Dundee United Director Derek Robertson said, "This is our seventh major anti-racism seminar at Tannadice and complements other anti-racist initiatives undertaken by the club. We are fully supportive of the work of SRtRC and once again, are grateful to ArabTRUST for helping to organise the seminar on our behalf. We'd also like to thank the new charity UNITED for ALL for their help."
Billy Singh, Campaign Manager of SRtRC, said: "Show Racism the Red Card is once again calling upon people from all sections of the community to take a united stand against racism. Our Fortnight of Action is an opportunity for everyone to take a pro-active stance against racism. I encourage people to get involved by initiating an event at a local level and to challenge all forms of prejudice and celebrate diversity. Football is leading the way in trying to change people's attitudes and behaviour within football grounds. Our challenge is to spread that message in our communities and everyday lives."
This period of concerted action encourages participation from all sections of communities to celebrate diversity and tackle racism.A major aim of the Fortnight of Action is to encourage antiracist actions, events and initiatives to take place throughout the year. Many organisations begin their actions during October and run follow-up events during the year. There are other organisations including schools and community groups that look to the Fortnight of Action for ideas and inspirations.One proven way of making a difference is to act on a local level to break down barriers that lead to racist attitudes and behavior. These barriers can include:
- Racial stereotyping
- Ignorance of other cultures
- Excluding practices
- The idea that any one culture or racial group is superior to another
This year’s SRTRC Fortnight of Action will once again see top players in Scotland and Wales put aside their rivalry for the anti-racist cause. Action at games will include:
1 players ‘RED card’ action at SPL, SFL & WPL games
2 players wearing SRTRC t-shirts during warm-ups, training sessions
3 anti-racist tannoy announcements
4 articles in match programmes
5 articles on club websites
6 unveiling of anti-racist stadium hoardings
7 involvement with local clubs and communities
GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL ACTION
SRTRC wants to engage with, and provide assistance to, groups who have been traditionally excluded from football as part of this year’s Fortnight of Action.
Assistance is available through the SRTRC Action Grants scheme, SRTRC resources, and red cards are available free to schools, local, amateur and junior leagues to join the pro players ‘showing racism the red card’ before kick-off.In Wales there will be actions in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan before junior league mini football games throughout October working with the clubs to continue anti racist work during the season.
SRTRC ACTION GRANTS
Grants are available to non-statutory organisations including community groups, schools, youth clubs, fans associations, tenants associations and other grassroots bodies that are working to engage with young people, ethnic minorities, excluded groups, football fans, and refugees and asylum seekers.
Download the Fortnight of Action Scotland Booklet here with information on how to apply for a grant and get resources for your project.
For more information on grants during the FOA please get in contact with our Scotland or Wales offices here.
Fortnight of Action in Scotland downloads:
Fortnight of Action 16th- 30th October 2008
Show Racism the Red Card is once again calling upon people from all sections of the community to take a united stand against racism. Statistics show a year on year increase in reported racist incidents in Scotland. Gone are the days when racism is based only on colour, with racism towards asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers, the Irish and English communities also occurring on a daily basis.
Show Racism the Red Card will endeavour to tackle racism in all its guises. But we all have a role to play by challenging racist attitudes on our streets and in our workplace. Our grants scheme can act as a catalyst for long-term projects to be developed. Our free and low cost resources can assist events and projects that are organised as part of the Fortnight of Action to galvanise support for our anti racist message.
With your help we can continue to make the Fortnight of Action a period of concerted action and tackle the scourge of racism that affects our society.
The Fortnight of Action booklet and accompanying Resources Application Form can be downlaoded from here:
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Dundee United FC and the ArabTRUST join 'red card' Fortnight of Action
200 Angus secondary school children from Montrose Academy helped Dundee United FC players Steven Robb, Keith Watson and Chris Jeffrey to Show Racism the Red Card at Tannadice today as part of the SRtRC Fortnight of Action, taking place across Scotland from 17th - 30th October. The Fortnight is Scotland's contribution to the Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week taking place in 35 European countries this month.
The event, the fourth the ArabTRUST has organised in partnership with the anti-racist charity, focused on racism in football and in wider society, using SRtRC's new video, "Asylum Scheme - Coaching with a conscience" which will be arriving in every Tayside school over the next few weeks.
The young people then questioned the stars on their views on racism inside and outside the game, and were treated to goody bags, a stadium tour, copies of Dundee United FC's new 2006/2007 anti-racist squad poster, match tickets for United versus Kilmarnock FC and a raffle for a signed strip and ball. Last, but not least, they met the first team players for an autograph session on their return from training.
Dundee United Director Derek Robertson said: "This is yet another major anti-racism seminar at Tannadice and compliments other anti-racist initiatives undertaken by the club. We are fully supportive of the work of SRtRC and once again, are grateful to ArabTRUST for helping to organise the seminar on our behalf."
Mike Barile of the ArabTRUST said: "I am very proud that United supporters are again playing their part in helping to focus awareness of this evil cancer within our community. We will continue to campaign together with all other parties to ensure its elimination from all walks of life sooner rather than later. Our continued involvement and active support demonstrates our long history of zero tolerance of racism in this city."
Gerry Britton, Campaign coordinator for SRtRC (Scotland) said: "Once again, the ArabTRUST are taking the initiative at Dundee United - this is crucial to the success of the SRtRC campaign in Scotland. The Fortnight of Action involves a record number of events Scotland-wide involving players, fans, black and minority ethnic organisations and young people all uniting to make a stand against racism in football and society.
Great progress has been made in stamping racism out of stadia in the last few years but racist attacks against Scottish Muslims have been recently rising. Dundee United players and fans are again playing their part today - we all have a responsibility to kick racism out of Scotland."
Players and pupils bid to stamp out racism
Over 100 primary school children joined Dundee United FC players Collin Samuel, Gary Kenneth and Stuart Abbot at Tannadice today in a bid to stamp out racism.
The event was held as part of the Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action, as part of Scotland’s contribution to the Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week.
The event, the third the ArabTRUSThas organised in partnership with the anti-racist charity, focused on racism in football and in wider society, using SRtRC’s new Scottish video, which will be arriving in every school in Tayside over the next week.
The young people then questioned the stars on their views on racism inside and outside the game, and were treated to goody bags, a stadium tour, copies of Dundee United FC’s new 2005/2006 anti-racist squad poster and a raffle for a signed strip.
Dundee United director Derek Robertson said, "This is our third major anti-racism seminar at Tannadice and comple-ments other anti-racist initiatives undertaken by the club.
"We are fully supportive of the work of SRtRC and once again, are grateful to ArabTRUST for helping organise the seminar on our behalf."
Mike Barile of the ArabTRUSTsaid of racism, "We will continue to campaign together with all other parties to ensure its elimination from all walks of life sooner rather than later. Our continued involvement and active support demonstrates our long history of zero tolerance of racism in this city."
Roddy McNulty, campaign coordinator for SRtRC (Scotland), added, "Dundee United players and fans are again playing their part today — we all have a responsibility to kick racism out of Scotland."
United shows Tayside youngsters how to kick racism into touch
24th March 2005
Hundreds of Tayside primary pupils were yesterday urged to show racism the red card at a special event hosted by Dundee United Football Club.
The anti-racism seminar at Tannadice Stadium was the second Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) presentation of the season by the club and included a question and answer session with Dundee United stars following a screening of the SRtRC videos.
Other star attractions included a stadium tour and the chance to win free tickets for a forthcoming Scottish Premier League game.
Club director Derek Robertson said: "Dundee United FC and our fans have had a strong relationship with SRtRC for several years and are more than happy to back a second SRtRC event this season.
"Racism has no place in Scottish or world football, and we will do whatever we can as a club to eradicate it from Scottish society."
Mike Barile, of the ArabTRUST Dundee United supporters club, said: "Our involvement shows that real football fans do care about the issues of racism and sectarianism which have had a lot of coverage in the media lately.
"It's important that fans actually do something rather than just debating these issues.
"Hopefully we have made some contribution today."