The Fare Football People action weeks will see thousands of activities take place between 8-22 October and unite a pan-European movement seeking to celebrate football’s power to foster social inclusion, use the sport to empower minorities and combat discrimination in football.Manchester City FC and Ivory Coast star Yaya Touré has pledged his support for the Football People weeks as the official ambassador of the campaign.
Supporters, minority groups, professional and grassroots football, human rights campaigners, schools and activists across Europe, and beyond, will come together in celebration of football’s contribution to multi-ethnic and diverse societies and to declare themselves Football People.
Football’s largest anti-discrimination event series will include activities in over 55 countries. Events beyond Europe, such as in Algeria, Kenya, Brasil, Mexico and Vietnam, will highlight the global character of the movement and the power of concerted action to raise awareness and tackle discrimination.
Fare executive director Piara Powar said: “We see the period as a time of celebration. For us, the message is a very strong one ‘Together we stand against discrimination, to highlight discrimination, and at the same time in solidarity, in friendship, in understanding ourselves better.’
“The increasing number of organisations that take part every year show how strong the movement has grown.
“We are looking forward to see year’s activities inspire many more.”
With the support of UEFA, over 200 European groups have been awarded grants to carry out activities that include football tournaments, exhibitions, stadium choreographies, debates, film screenings, among others, helping further anti-discrimination activities at local and regional level.
National and international events, including conferences, a travelling roadshow, sport festivals and a nation-wide educational programme, will address topics such as Europe’s refugee crisis, sexism and the role of women in football, Roma inclusion and LGBT rights.
Professional clubs, leading players, leagues and national federations will lend their support to the campaign by highlighting its message at forthcoming matches in stadiums, through social media and in match day programmes.
Find out what is happening during the campaign here.