Before kick off, players involved in all SPFL fixtures this weekend will stand together and call for an end to racism in football and society.
The annual Fortnight of Action organised by the charity Show Racism the Red Card is an opportunity for all clubs in Scotland to show their support for the year-round, anti-racist education work in schools, workplaces, grassroots and youth football clubs and the prison service.
Last year the charity worked with around 50,000 young people. In Scotland, 81% showed increased confidence in identifying and safely challenging racism, after workshops with their team of education workers and ex-pros.
In addition to raising awareness of the charity’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 10th – 25th October 2020 shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football in eradicating racism and discrimination in all its forms from our game.
We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at our club. We would like to thank you.
Racism can manifest itself in many different forms. Some direct and very clear; some more subtle. We call on all our supporters to continue to challenge racism and to help us ensure that the anti-racism message is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action. Education is the key and Queen’s Park will support Show Racism the Red Card to ensure our future generation are equipped with the tools to challenge and eradicate racism from football and society.
For useful resources and information, please visit www.theredcard.org/education
Club Captain David Galt, Queen’s Park’s Fortnight of Action Ambassador said “Football is a sport played and loved by people all around the world, irrespective of race, colour or religion. Sadly, racism affects our game and every day life across the country – we must tackle this together. All at Queen’s Park Football Club are fully behind and pleased to support Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action”.
Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL, said: “For the past 17 years, Scottish clubs have consistently supported Show Racism the Red Card and its educational programmes, which have benefitted tens of thousands of people across the country. Now, more than ever, Scotland’s national anti-racism charity plays a valuable role in promoting tolerance, and SPFL clubs are proud to support its positive and important work.”
COVID and events overseas have shone a light on the growing inequalities that some of us unfairly face. Still today, many experience this disproportionately due to the colour of their skin.
Queen’s Park stands with everyone who has had to endure racial prejudice in all areas of their lives. We condemn all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at our club.
Football is a sport that is loved by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, regardless of ethnicity, religious background or nationality. Education is the key and Queen’s Park will support Show Racism the Red Card to ensure our future generation are equipped with the tools to challenge and eradicate racism from football and society.