Each season the Clubs in Wales help reiterate their support of the campaign during a match day action as a vehicle to deliver SRtRC’s message.
The Fortnight of Action 16 forms part of the FARE Football People action weeks and takes place October 8th-22nd 2016. FARE is the UEFA sponsored European initiative against racism in football. SRtRC is a core member of the FARE network.
What started as a minor campaign in nine countries in 2001 has now become the largest series of anti-discrimination activities in sport In 2015, over 2,000 activities took place in 67 countries, including Mexico, Vietnam, the United States and South Africa, with some of Europe’s top stars lending support to the campaign such as Yaya Touré, Thiago Silva, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Edinson Cavani.
All UEFA Europa League, Champions League and EURO 2016 Qualifying matches took part in the campaign, reaching fans directly at the matches and millions more through television. In 2015, 199 professional clubs participated in the campaign, joined by 17 European FAs, 12 leagues and three players’ unions.
The FOA in Wales is supported by the Football Association of Wales. This year’s Fortnight of Action will see clubs along with its players across Wales all unite to challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football, wherever we live, whatever our connection to the game and whatever our background
In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Wales, the ‘day of action’ will also help member clubs underline and draw attention to the work that they are already doing in this area, and any progress that has been made since the SRtRC Fortnight of Action last October.
The main thrust of the message of the day will take place during the warm up and prior to kick off. The players of both teams in each game will warm up in SRtRC RED T-shirts and the club will air a public announcement highlighting the clubs stance towards an inclusive environment.
In the Welsh premier league teams prior to kick off players will gather in front of the main stand also holding a large Red card in the air. This will be supported by a simultaneous public address announcement condemning racism.