Brian Kerr and Stephen Kenny at St Nicholas' Monastery School in Dundalk
Dundalk F.C Manager Stephen Kenny joined Sport Against Racism (SARI) Director Brian Kerr and pupils from St. Nicholas Monastery School for social inclusion and anti-discrimination training being held as part of FARE #FootballPeople weeks.
FARE weeks, which take place throughout October and are co-ordinated by SARI, bring together professional and amateur footballers, football fans and young people on pitches and playgrounds up and down Ireland to participate in workshops, games and training that challenge discrimination and promote the social inclusion of marginalised groups.
As part of FARE #FootballPeople weeks’ residents of Direct Provision Centres (DPC’s) have an opportunity to train with and compete against teams from Ireland’s Airtricity League. Teams from Dundalk, Drogheda, Sligo Rovers, Galway United, Athlone Town, Waterford, UCD, St. Patrick’s Athletic, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers, are showing their support for the initiative for the third year in a row by hosting training and games.
Stephen Kenny said “FARE #FootballPeople weeks is a really unique way of uniting people and I am very happy to be here today and see how young people are willing and excited to understand how we can all play our part in promoting social inclusion.”
SARI Director and former Ireland Manager Brian Kerr said “SARI is very grateful to Stephen Kenny for his role in driving awareness of this nationwide initiative. Bringing together sports clubs with residents of DPC’s may seem like a very small thing to do but it can have a powerful knock on effect and can make a gigantic difference in people’s lives. The limited resources afforded to residents of DPC’s can be isolating and therefore the generosity of clubs like Dundalk F.C, who host games, provide facilities, get stuck into training with the residents, breaks down barriers, lifts spirits, improves mental and physical health and ultimately unites people. It is testament of the unique ability of sport to drive social inclusion.”
As part of FARE #FootballPeople weeks, which is a Europe wide initiative, SARI coaches will be travelling nationwide delivering football training sessions incorporating anti-discrimination workshops to children aged 11-14. Schools and groups can log onto www.sari.ie to find out how they can participate.