Cork City Football Club were delighted to welcome Molly Nagle, Edel Corcoran and Conor Kelleher from Glounthane National School along with Tracey Olugbue, Destiny Omordiom and Clodagh O’Regan from Little Island National School to take part in our last home game of the season at Turner’s Cross, filling the role of ball boy/girl duties, wearing bibs with a special message in support of Football against Racism in Europe (FARE) week October 16th -31st
Cork City FC and Dave Bell of the FAI went along to the schools to talk about “Showing Racism the Red Card” and asking everyone to get involved in spreading the message that racism has no place in our community. The team showed their support for the initiative by wearing FARE bibs during their warm up before the game and during the game while warming up on the sidelines as well as Corky the Cheetah wanting a piece of the action and getting a photo with the ball boys/girls on the night.
Cork City Football Club is among up to 100 groups including schools, football clubs and community organisations throughout Ireland who are taking part in FARE Week 2012. The week is an initiative of the FARE Network and is supported by UEFA and in Ireland by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Department of Justice and Equality. The initiative runs from 162h to 31stth October, and will see thousands of events taking place across Europe to highlight anti-racism messages through a wide range of activities.
Cork City FC’s CEO Timmy Murphy said of the event “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. With football being such a widely played and supported game, it is a critical tool in preventing racism and growing better cultural understanding. FARE Week allows us to promote and share this message and the club was proud to have played a part in helping to do this”