Manor Rangers FC held a bliztz on October 20, to mark Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Week 2012.
During the event, co-ordinated by Portuguese coach Helder Oliviera and Irish coach Dave Cummins all of the players wore bibs with the slogan ‘United Against Racism’, as well as ‘Many Voices One Goal -Football Against Racism in Europe’ wrist bands.
Manor Rangers are among up to 100 groups – including schools, football clubs and community organisations – from throughout Ireland who are taking part in FARE Week 2012. The week is an initiative of the FARE Network and is supported by UEFA and in Ireland by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Department of Justice and Equality.The initiative runs from October 16-30, and will see thousands of events taking place across Europe to highlight anti-racism messages and celebrate diversity.
Speaking at the FARE event in Difreen, Club Youth Secretary Bernie Cleary said “While football can be divisive, it is also incredibly powerful in uniting people and breaking down barriers. Now that Ireland is a multicultural society, we need to encourage children and adults from all backgrounds to grow their understanding of diversity and to appreciate each others cultures.
“With football being such a widely played and supported game, it is a critical tool in preventing racism and growing better cultural understanding. FARE Week allows us to promote and share this message”.
Over the last four years a huge number of groups and others have taken time to support FARE Week in Ireland by organising a wide range of activities, including friendly matches, football blitz events and competitions. The FAI would like to congratulate Manor Rangers for becoming involved in FARE Week 2012.