third level football marks fare week

22 October 2018

The Colleges & Universities Football League sent a message of solidarity last week to mark Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Week.

During the CUFL Premier Division games between DCU Men's and UCD Men's, and Waterford IT Women's and IT Carlow Women's, both teams stood together before the game displaying the message of "Show Racism The Red Card".


Club captains, Tristan Noack-Hofmann (DCU), Gary O'Neill (UCD), Aoife Prendergast (Waterford IT) and Megan Smyth-Lynch (IT Carlow), also stood together with the match officials with the same message before the coin-toss for each game.


Division Three Clubs Limerick IT and Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training also sent their own message as part of the Sport Welcomes Refugees campaign in Moylish last week.


The CUFL clubs are among over 68 clubs and nearly 100 schools throughout Ireland who are taking part in FARE Week 2018. The week is an initiative of the FARE network supported by UEFA across Europe and is supported in Ireland by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).The initiative runs from 11th to 25th October, and will see thousands of events taking place across Europe to highlight anti-racism messages and celebrate diversity.

Speaking about the events in Dublin and Waterford, FAI National Coordinator for Schools and Third Level Football Mark Scanlon said: "football can be powerful in uniting people and breaking down barriers. Now that Ireland is a multicultural society, we need to encourage children and adults to grow their understanding of the many new communities now represented amongst our neighbours, schools and workmates."

According to Scanlon, "FARE Week is a great opportunity to use the power of football to bring people together, make a stand against discrimination and promote respect for diversity in football and in society. The events that are taking place during FARE Week serve not only to promote the anti-racism message, but also promote integration.

Over the last 12 years, a huge number of clubs; schools, youth 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. In 2018, we look forward to the ongoing support of the football and wider community to mark FARE fortnight. The FAI and Show Racism the Red Card would like to congratulate the CUFL for becoming involved in FARE Week 2018."

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