Limerick kids join forces to fight racism in sport

Niamh Dillon

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Niamh Dillon

ALMOST 20 children from The West End Youth Project based in Our Lady of Lourdes and the Club2gether Youth Project from Southill joined forces last week in a game of football to combat racism in sport as part of FARE Week 2012.

ALMOST 20 children from The West End Youth Project based in Our Lady of Lourdes and the Club2gether Youth Project from Southill joined forces last week in a game of football to combat racism in sport as part of FARE Week 2012.

All young people who took part in the event in the newly opened Our Lady of Lourdes Astro Turf Pitch wore bibs emblazoned with the slogan “United against racism” as well as wrist bands which read “Many voices one goal - football against racism in Europe” as part of the nationwide anti-racism campaign.

Youth worker with Southill Club2gether programme Cathal Dillon said that “the game was played in great spirits and the young people from both sides were a credit to their projects.”

“We hope to take part again next year and help to promote the message against racism in sport in the area once again,” he added.

The West End and Southill Club2gether youth projects are among up to 100 other youth groups, schools, football clubs and community organisations throughout the country taking part in the FARE initiative which runs until October 31.

Development Officer with the FAI in Limerick, Jason O’Connor congratulated both Limerick youth groups for taking part in the programme adding that it is important to encourage friendly events like these in football. “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 other’s cultures,” he said.

“With football being such a widely played and supported game, it is a critical tool in preventing racism and growing better cultural understanding,” added Mr O’Connor.

FARE Week 2012 is supported by the Football Association of Ireland and the Department of Justice and Equality.