The Fare Network – partner in Football Makes History – believes that sport can play a role in helping to raise awareness of young people into discrimination and thereby encourage them to promote diversity and equality, not just in football but also society in general. This Toolkit is part of Fare’s #footballpeople campaign, this campaign challenges discrimination and promotes inclusive values and practices. The Toolkit offers four different methods that you could use when working or teaching children its aims to:
- Increase public awareness and tackle discrimination in football
- Act as a means for social change through unified action in football
- Develop ideas and new practices that challenge exclusion.
Fare Network holding an exhibition on diversity and quiz in 2019 (Photo: Fare Network).
Materials to reflect and orient
Lesson 1 is about expersiences and example of discrimination, to be able to talk about experiences with discrimination and to develop counter strategies, it is necessary to understand what discrimination means. While lesson 2 focuses around a Gallery of diversity, the gallery takes a stand against exclusion and celebrates diversity in football with portraits of role models who fight against exclusion and for diversity. Lesson 3 takes place around the question What to do against exclusion in football? They reflect on the ideas of the other participants and develop them further. The participants will be encouraged to actively promote diversity in football
Stimulating for learning and action
Lastly lesson 4 discusses the theme: working together for diversity in the stadium. The ‘Fishbowl’ approach offers an opportunity to open up the project to the outside world and to invite experts or local stakeholders. Players, coaches, managers, fans, journalists – the particular interest of the participants should be the guiding factor. The learning group gets the opportunity to ask questions, gain insight and suggest their ideas.
The low-threshold and activating approach makes such topics more accessible and helps to counter prejudice and speak positive ideas of diversity. Every lesson consists of a Workflow, Top Tips and Key Lesson Stats making this Toolkit easily accessible.
Explore the toolkit online for free.
Discrimination and Social Inclusion
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