Dundalk F.C Manager Stephen Kenny joined Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) Director Brian Kerr and primary pupils from St. Nicholas Monastery School in Dundalk for the launch of the FARE #FootballPeople Action Weeks in Ireland.

FARE weeks, which take place from 6th till 20th October and are co-ordinated in Ireland by SARI, bring together professional and amateur footballers, football fans and young people on pitches and playgrounds up and down Ireland to participate in workshops, games and training that challenge discrimination and promote the social inclusion of marginalised groups.

As part of FARE #FootballPeople weeks' residents of Direct Provision Centres (DPC's) have an opportunity to train with and compete against teams from Ireland's Airtricity League. Teams from Dundalk, Drogheda, Sligo Rovers, Galway United, Athlone Town, Waterford, UCD, St. Patrick's Athletic, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers who are showing their support for the initiative for the third year in a row by hosting the popular games.

Stephen Kenny said "FARE #FootballPeople weeks is a really unique way of uniting people and I am very happy to be here today and see how young people are willing and excited to understand how we can all play our part in promoting social inclusion."

SARI Director and former Ireland Manager Brian Kerr said "SARI is very grateful to Stephen Kenny for his role in driving awareness of this nationwide initiative. Bringing together sports clubs with residents of DPC's may seem like a very small thing to do but it can have a powerful knock on effect and can make a gigantic difference in people's lives. The limited resources afforded to residents of DPC's can be isolating and therefore the generosity of clubs like Dundalk F.C, who host games, provide facilities, get stuck into training with the residents, breaks down barriers, lifts spirits, improves mental and physical health and ultimately unites people. It is testament of the unique ability of sport to drive social inclusion."

As part of FARE #FootballPeople weeks, which is a Europe wide initiative, SARI coaches will be travelling nationwide delivering football training sessions incorporating anti-discrimination workshops to children aged 11-14. Schools and groups can log onto to find out how they can participate.

Brian Kerr said "This is the biggest nationwide initiative to tackle discrimination, from Bundoran to Baltinglass we are seeing phenomenal work being put in by clubs, schools and communities who are organizing and participating in activities that are intended to connect and challenge discrimination.  There is still an opportunity to be part of it so I would encourage schools and clubs to find out how they can get involved."

FARE network is an umbrella organisation that brings together individuals, groups and organisations driven to combat inequality in football and use sport as a means for social change. The aim of the FARE Football People Action Weeks is to organize activities and events that further social inclusion by bringing people of different communities together through sport.

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People can also show their support across social media, log onto Twitter and Facebook and find out football can unite #WeAre #FootballPeople

Media Contact: Perry Ogden, Executive Chair, SARI: 086 8175 1555/ Síle Murphy Q4PR  086 0288 132