In partnership with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), the antiracism educational charity of the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the FAW recently released a poignant video emphasising the importance of challenging racial prejudice.
Released on SRtRC’s day of action, the campaign video features FAW Trust ambassador and girls’ football coach Ayah Abduldaim along with several senior Wales players. The video highlights the many forms of racism, its effects and the need for further education on this important topic, as well as signposting the FAW’s Report It platform.
As part of the Fare Network Football People action weeks, SRtRC’s annual fundraiser, Wear Red Day, takes place on 16 October and is vital in helping the anti-racism charity raise funds to support SRtRC schools programmes, in addition to raising awareness and educating young people and teachers.
The FAW realises that, while some progress has been made in football, more must be done, which is why it is developing a new equality, diversity and inclusion plan for Welsh football. Education is vital, and alongside SRtRC a range of educational seminars and resources are being developed for the wider football family.
Challenging racism in football and society is, of course, a collective responsibility and there is a need for support across the whole football family in Wales, and beyond.