Fare’s commitment to tackle discrimination through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that the game, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to us all and can propel social cohesion.
Fare combats all forms of discrimination, including racism, far-right nationalism, sexism, trans- and homophobia and discrimination against disabled people.
The strength of the network lies in the diversity of its members, including fan groups, NGO’s and amateur clubs and grassroots groups, among others, who contribute with their expertise and act in a concerted effort to make discrimination in football a thing of the past.
Fare has grown in numbers to become an international organisation with more than 150 members in nearly 40 European countries. Many more groups and activists join Fare’s activities, campaigns and events throughout the year.
Through the annual Football People action weeks, which with more than 1500 activities is the largest initiative against discrimination in football worldwide, Fare has been able to expand its sphere of influence to countries outside Europe. The organisation works not only in more than 45 European countries, but also with activists in the United States, South Africa, St. Lucia and Brazil.
What does Fare do?
Fare works across all levels of the game to advance social inclusion of marginalised and disenfranchised groups and to engage policy makers, key players and governing bodies in the anti-discrimination movement.
- Challenges discrimination at all levels of football
- Uses football as a tool to tackle societal discrimination
- Fosters networking and the transnational exchange of good practice
- Undertakes activities to empower and build capacity of marginalised and discriminated groups
- Gives a voice to those combating discrimination in football
Fare also uses its expertise to provide advice and support in combating discrimination and promoting social inclusion and regularly organises and supports initiatives, including:
- Hosting international events and conferences
- Producing best practice guides and educational materials
- Organising pan-European and international campaigns, including the Football People action weeks
- Delivering activities at international football competitions
- Monitoring matches and reporting discrimination
“Saving the dream of grassroots sport based on values” (Save it) is a pan-European project, co-funded by the European Commission, which promotes the recognition of sports values as a key element in fighting against intolerance, forms of exclusion, promoting integration, and draws attention to its relevance for the development of young people.
As part of the project the partners have collected and analysed good practices that create value; developed innovative educational tools to promote social values; and developed learning tools designed for players and coaches.
You can also view the project website, here.
The Save it project represents a consortium of partners with extensive expertise in education, sport and social development; promoting sport as a mean to disseminate social integration; and in tackling discrimination and prejudice in grassroots.
Partners involved are: Altum Foundation (Spain), AS Eupen VoG (Belgium), Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), Fare network (United Kingdom), Fundacion Culturalista (Spain), Clube Desportivo Panther Force Gaia (Portugal) and Rugby Colorno (Italy).