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June 2017
WORLD REFUGEE DAY
We are marking World Refugee Day with a Fair Play Football3 tournament for primary schools at the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 #WithRefugees
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May 2017
SARI FUNDRAISER LUNCH ON SUNDAY 11TH JUNE
Please join us for the SARI lunch on Sunday 11th June raising much needed funds for SARI's anti-discrimination and social inclusion work with refugees, asylum-seekers and other at risk groups across Ireland. Tickets are 50 euro per person and tables are available for any number of people up to 12. There will be a raffle on the day and a silent auction of artworks. Artists who have very generously donated works for the silent auction include Anne Madden, Guggi, Brian Maguire, Simon Reilly and Patrick O'Reilly.
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March 2017
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION FOOTBALL TRAINING WORKSHOP
SARI's anti-discrimination football training workshop is back on the road travelling to schools around Ireland. This week we were at Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai, Co. Cork. If you are interested in SARI visiting your school please email us at info@sari.ie
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January 2017
NEW SEASON OF HIJABS AND HAT-TRICKS ' DIVERSE CITY FC
A new season of Hijabs and Hat-tricks' Diverse City FC starts this Sunday 15th January at the Garda and Camogie Grounds, Phoenix Park, Dublin. A great opportunity to play football and to bring the skills you learn on the pitch into your everyday life with the Young Leaders programme: learn about SARI and the work we do, get involved with No Hate Speech movement, participate in the GAISCE Award for personal development, Earn your Kick Start 1 and Kick Start 2 coaching badges, learn about nutrition and wellbeing, represent SARI at home and abroad. Open to girls and young women of all abilities. Tackle racism and challenge discrimination. Join the team, join the movement.
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December 2016
SARI RECEIVE DONATION FROM UEFA FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN
Many thanks to the UEFA Foundation for Children for their very generous donation to SARI. We have recently taken delivery of five large boxes of footballs and sportswear. Fantastic news for all our Soccerniters and Hijabs and Hat-tricks participants.
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November 2016
COCA COLA THANK YOU FUND
SARI is honoured to be a recipient of the Coca Cola Thank You Fund. SARI has been awarded €10,000 for the Hijabs and Hat-tricks Diverse City Soccernites and Young Leaders programme. The Hijabs and Hat-tricks programme was set up in 2014 by two Young Leaders who had come through the SARI Soccernites programme...
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October 2016
SARI SOCCERNITES 2016
A new season of SARI Soccernites football training and Young Leader programme for boys aged 14-18 starts tomorrow evening Friday 21st October at the Clontarf All Weather pitches next to the Clontarf Road DART Station. Same venue as last season! All Welcome. Kick off at 5pm...
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October 2016
SARI FOOTBALL PEOPLE ROADSHOW
As part of the activities for FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE Action Weeks Against Discrimination the SARI Roadshow is travelling around the country delivering anti-discriminantion football training workshops to children in primary schools, Direct Provision Centres and Community groups. If you would like to take part please contact us at info@sari.ie
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October 2016
LAUNCH OF FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS
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.
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September 2016
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
The FARE Football People Action Weeks Aganist Discrimination take place from 6th - 20th October. SARI will be travelling across Ireland delivering anti-discrimination football traning workshops to primary schools, community and youth groups. If you would like to avail of this opportunity please contact us at: info@sari.ie
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September 2016
GALWAY ALL STARS WIN SARI SOCCERFEST 2016 CUP
Many congratulations to Galway All Stars on winning the SARI Soccerfest 2016 Cup.
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September 2016
SYLI NATIONAL WIN SARI SOCCERFEST 2016 PLATE
Many congratulations to Syli National, who represent the Guinean community in Ireland, on winning the SARI Soccerfest 2016 Plate
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September 2016
ST. PATRICK'S ATHLETIC WIN SARI SOCCERFEST 2016 WOMEN'S CUP
Many congratulations to St. Patricks Athletic women's team on winning the SARI Soccefrest 2016 Women's Cup #BeActive
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September 2016
SARI SOCCERFEST 2016
This year we are very pleased to be working with Sport Ireland to launch the European Week of Sport (EWS) at Soccerfest. The EWS is an initiative of the European Commission which aims to promote sport and health enhancing physical activity for everyone regardless of age, background or fitness level. In addition, sport has the potential to breakdown barriers and address ongoing challenges in European society.


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September 2016
EUROPEAN WEEK OF SPORT KICKS OFF AT SARI SOCCERFEST
The 20th Anniversary of SARI Soccerfest is taking place on Saturday 10th September in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. And we will be kicking off the European Week of Sport and Physical Activity with Tug of War, Volleyball, GAA Recreational Rounders, Orienteering, Walking Football, Cricket, Table Tennis and a Climbing Wall. Not to be missed. All welcome. #BEACTIVE
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August 2016
EID WORLD CUP
SARI are supporting the EID World Cup which will take place at the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 on Sunday 28th August. The EID World Cup has been established by SARI Young Leaders along with the support of Islamic Relief Ireland. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Syrian orphans.
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August 2016
SARI SOCCERFEST 2016 REGISTRATION OPEN
The 20th annual SARI Soccerfest will take place on Saturday 10th September in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Team registration is now open. This year, in partnership with Sport Ireland, we will be launching the European Week of Sport and Physical Activity at Soccerfest
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August 2016
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS SMALL GRANTS LAUNCHED
SARI will be co-ordinating the FARE Football People Action Weeks in Ireland again this year. The FARE Action Weeks will run from 6th till 20th October and FARE have just released information about the small grants programme.
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July 2016
streetfootballworld FESTIVAL 16
SARI were delighted to be a part of the streetfootballworld ‪‎Festival16‬ which was launched at the Sport dans la Ville Campus in Lyon, France on Monday 4th July and was an official event of Euro 2016. The Festival hosted seventy delegations from sixty countries comprising over 500 participants.
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July 2016
SARI WORKING WITH REFUGEES AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION FOOTBALL WORKSHOP
Fantastic week last week in Lyon, France for the streetfootballworld ‪#‎Festival16‬ and ‪#‎Football4Good‬ summit. SARI were asked to deliver a workshop on working with Refugees which included an Anti-discrimination football training workshop.
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June 2016
MOSNEY WINNERS OF THE WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
Many congratulations to Mosney who have won the men's World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup which was hosted by SARI and UNHCR Ireland at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 on Sunday. Seen here with Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who presented the trophies.
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June 2016
BRAZIL UNITED FC WINNERS OF THE WOMEN'S WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
Many congratulations to Brazil United FC who have won the women's World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup which was hosted by SARI and UNHCR Ireland at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 on Sunday. Seen here with Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who presented the trophies.
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June 2016
WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
Please join us for the 7th Annual SARI/UNHCR World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup which will take place this Sunday 19th June at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 from 10am till 5pm. This year we are delighted to be joined by President Michael D. Higgins who will be presented with a special commemorative football jersey to mark the occasion.

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June 2016
President and Michelle Obama statement on Muhammad Ali
The President and First Lady issued a statement Saturday on Muhammad Ali which went as follows: Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he’d tell you. He’d tell you he was the double greatest; that he’d “handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail”. But what made The Champ the greatest, what truly separated him from everyone else, is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing.

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May 2016
UN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS
SARI are currently delivering a physical activity workshop on the United Nations Global Development Goals to junior cycle or transitional year students in schools across the country - one in each county this term. The purpose of the free workshop is to introduce students to global development using sport activities. Schools whose students demonstrate knowledge of the UN development goals at the end of the workshop will be presented with SARI Global Goals Star Player Award
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May 2016
SARI responds to Gerry Adams use of the N-word
Whatever Mr. Adams intentions - ironic or playful - certain terms or words are beyond acceptable use no matter what the context. Words such as these have no place in our society, and the danger is that by using them so casually, Gerry Adams is legitimising their use….

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April 2016
AMINA MOUSTAFA SPEAKING ABOUT HIJABS AND HAT-TRICKS
Amina Moustafa will be speaking on SARI's ‪‎Hijabs and Hat-tricks‬ programme this evening at the Lexlon Library, Dun Laoghaire as part of the '16 in 16 series. Starts at 7pm and entry is free.


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April 2016
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
The 6th April is the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). In the run up to this day the UN has launched the 'Let's Play for the Sustainable Development Goals' campaign.
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April 2016
DIVERSE CITY FC SOCCERNITES
The new season of Diverse City FC Soccernites starts on Monday 4th April at O'Connell School, North Richmond street, off North Circular Road, Dublin 1. Open to all girls aged 15 and above. Please bring trainers/astro trainers as no football boots - studs or blades - are allowed on this pitch. Will continue every Monday night till further notice. 7pm till 8pm.
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March 2016
EUROPEAN ACTION WEEK AGAINST RACISM
On 21 March 1960, 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators were brutally murdered in Sharpeville, South Africa, in an event that became known as the Sharpeville Massacre. Apartheid was a legal system of systematic segregation and inequality based on skin colour, enforced by the government of South Africa from 1948 to 1990. Since 1966, the United Nations has officially recognised 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the declaration of this International Day.
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March 2016
STREETFOOTBALLWORLD FESTIVAL 2016
We are currently preparing for the Streetfootballworld Festival 2016 which is an official event of the UEFA European Championship 2016 and will be held at the Sport dans la Ville campus in Lyon. The festival will bring together up to 100 teams of young people from disadvantaged communities all over the world, who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to making the world a better place using the power of football.
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March 2016
SARI SOCRATES 'FOOTBALL 4 DEMOCRACY' VOTE BALL PROJECT
The Market Square in Dundalk came to life last Saturday when the SARI Socrates 'Football 4 Democracy' roadshow staged a street football event to promote the vote
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March 2016
FOOTBALL 4 DEMOCRACY
To coincide with the counting of votes in the General Election, SARI Socrates 'Football 4 Democracy' team carried out two actions in Ardee and Drogheda to highlight the importance of exercising the franchise in order to participate fully in the democratic process. SARI plans to extend the campaign across the country in an effort to get people from diverse ethnic backgrounds to sign up on the register of electors.
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February 2016
SARI SOCRATES FOOTBALL 4 DEMOCRACY
Over the last few weeks,the SARI 'Socrates' team have been carrying out political education workshops in Co. Louth in partnership with Louth Minority Ethnic Consortium. On Saturday, SARI will stage a street football event combining 'freestyle' and 'hit the ballot-box' actions in Drogheda and Ardee with a gala event in Dundalk on March 5.

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February 2016
SARI SOCCERNITES 2016
The SARI Soccernites 2016 season starts on Friday 5th February at the Clontarf All Weather pitches in Clontarf, Dublin 3 just next to the Clontarf Road DART station. This year there are two sections: Boys aged 14-17 from 5-6pm and boys aged 18 and over from 6-7pm. SARI Soccernites training is combined with certified Youth Leadership development and employability programmes.
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January 2016
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
Monday 18th January was Martin Luther King Day and a national holiday in the United States. King is best known for his advancement of Civil Rights using non-violent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. It's great to see Apple honoring the great man today on their homepage with this picture and quote: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for
others?' "

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December 2015
SARI ATTEND COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS CONFERENCE IN MALTA
Amina Moustafa, Fadhila Hajji and Iesha Moustafa of the SARI 'Hijabs and Hat-tricks' programme with Assmaah Helal of Football United, Australia and Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace...

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December 2015
FADHILA HAJJI RECEIVES PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
Many congratulations to SARI Young Leader and coach, Fadhila Hajji, on receiving a People of the Year Award for her work with SARI in fighting discrimination through Sport. The awards were screened live on RTE last Saturday night and Fadhila was given her award by Irish international Stephanie Roche
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December 2015
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS 2015
Big thanks to all those who participaetd in the FARE Football People Action Weeks which took place across Ireland throughout October and early November. We had a great response from Airtricity League clubs hosting matches with Direct Provison Centres and other groups at risk of discrimination across Ireland. We also had a great response to our Football People anti-discrimination football training workshops which we delivered to schools, community groups and youth services across Ireland.
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October 2015
SARI'S HIJABS AND HAT-TRICKS WINS BEST NEW PROJECT AT BEYOND SPORT AWARDS
SARI's Hijabs and Hat-tricks project won the award for Best New Project at the Beyond Sport Awards in London. Hijab's and Hat-tricks was started in early 2014 to give young Muslim women the opportunity to play football. The project was supported by a streetfootballworld and Sony Mobile Young Leader stipend which essentially enabled SARI to run the project for the first year.
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October 2015
#FOOTBALLPEOPLE AT SCOIL MHUIRE, BUNCRANA, CO. DONEGAL
Great day in Buncrana, Co. Donegal on Friday when we delivered SARI's #FootballPeople anti-discrimination football training sessions to pupils at Scoil Mhuire
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October 2015
1895 TRUST #FOOTBALLPEOPLE AT SHELBOURNE FC V COBH RAMBLERS
Great support form Shelbourne FC supporters group the 1895 Trust on Saturday for FARE #FootballPeople Action Weeks inviting residents form Mosney Direct Provision Centre to their home match against Cobh Ramblers. The cover of the programme featured the winning entry in a schools art competition themed on diversity and football.
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October 2015
SARI SOCCERNITES #FOOTBALLPEOPLE 5-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT
Many thanks to all those who participated in the SARI ‪#‎FootballPeople‬ 5-a-side tournament on Friday night. Special thanks to Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless and Don Bosco House.
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October 2015
ATHLONE TOWN HOST ATHLONE DIRECT PROVISION CENTRE #FOOTBALLPEOPLE
Big thanks to Athlone Town FC for hosting residents of the Athlone Direct Provision Centre, Mosney Direct Provision Centre and SARI for a friendly match to celebrate FARE #FootballPeople Action Weeks against discrimination. In a highly competitive match Athlone Town held on for a 5-3 win after a second half comeback from the visitors following a half-time score of 4-1. Many thanks to all at Athlone Town for their hospitality.
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October 2015
Bohemians FC v Team Syria #FootballPeople
Many thanks to Bohemians FC for hosting Team Syria at Dalymount Park last night as part of the FARE #FootballPeople Action Weeks and for the great hospitality.
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October 2015
UCD v ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE OF IRELAND
Many thanks to UCD for hosting the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) at UCD sports grounds last night in a match to celebrate FARE #FootballPeople Action Weeks against Discrimination.
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October 2015
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS
The ‪#‎FootballPeople‬ van has arrived. We think it looks great! It's already been to Ennis for the Clare Community Development tournament on Friday and it was at UCD tonight for the UCD v Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) match as part of our FARE Football People Action Weeks activities. Tomorrow Tuesday it will be at Dalymount Park for the match between Bohemians and Team Syria. Kick off at 7.30pm. All welcome.
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October 2015
WORLD REFUGEE DAY MONITORING AND EVALUATION
Please find below the monitoring and evaluation of the SARI/UNHCR World REfugee Day Fair Play tournament which was held in June 2015
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October 2015
FARE #FOOTBALLPEOPLE ACTION WEEKS KICK OFF AT ST. PAT'S
Many thanks to St. Patrick's Athletic for hosting Hatch Hall Direct Provision Centre in the first of our FARE ‪#‎FootballPeople‬ Action Weeks matches between Airtricity League clubs and their local Direct Provision Centre. A well drilled St Pat's gave Hatch Hall a humbling with a final scoreline of 11-0 but it was a great experience for all involved!
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October 2015
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION FOOTBALL TRAINING WORKSHOP
Following on from the success of last year’s FARE Football People Action Weeks, SARI will be co-ordinating events again this year in the Republic of Ireland. As part of the programme SARI will be travelling around the country delivering anti-discrimination football training sessions to children aged 11-14. The sessions will comprise warm-ups, soccer skills, 5-a-side Fair Play games – without referees – and an anti-discrimination workshop in which participants will be asked to consider and discuss discriminatory issues such as: Racism, Equality, Respect, Homophobia, Sexism, Prejudice, Exclusion and Misogyny.
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October 2015
FOOTBALL BOOT APPEAL
As part of our programme for the FARE ‪#‎FootballPeople‬ Action Weeks we are organising a series of matches between Airtricity League clubs and their local Direct Provision Centre. As many of the Direct Provision residents do not own football boots we are making an appeal for boots particularly in sizes 8, 9 and 10. If you would like to donate a pair of boots please let us know or send to the SARI office at 8a Little Britain Street, Dublin 7 - between Capel street and Green street. Many thanks!
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September 2015
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS 2015
Following on from the success of last year's FARE Football People Action Weeks, SARI will be co-ordinating events again this year in the Republic of Ireland. As part of the programme we will be organising matches between residents of Direct Provison Centres - and other communities at risk of discrimination - and their local Airtricity League Club...
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September 2015
Congratulations to Ennis All Stars on winning the SARI Soccerfest Cup
Many congratulations to Ennis All Stars on winning the SARI Soccerfest Cup 2015. They are the first team in nineteen years to win the Cup twice.
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September 2015
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COBBLESTONE ON WINNING THE SARI SOCCERFEST PLATE
Many congratulations to The Cobblestone on winning the SARI Plate. The trophy and medals were presented to The Cobblestone by Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.
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September 2015
CONGRATULATIONS TO RISING STARS ON WINNING THE SARI RESPECT CUP.
Many congratulations to Rising Stars on winning the SARI Respect Cup.
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September 2015
SARI SOCCERFEST 2015
Please join us for the 19th annual SARI Soccerfest which takes place this Saturday at the Garda and Camogie Sports Grounds in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Soccerfest is a celebration of cultural diversity, social inclusion and global development with football, music, food and fun for all ages.
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September 2015
EUROPEAN WEEK OF SPORT LAUNCHED IN DUBLIN
Ireland's participation in the European Week of Sport was launched today by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD at the Pavilion, Trinity College. Over 250 sport and physical activity events will take place across Ireland from 7th - 13th September. SARI Soccerfest, which takes place on Saturday 12th September, is one of the flagship events.
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August 2015
SARI SOCCERFEST 2015 NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
Soccerfest, now in its 19th year, will take place on Saturday 12th September in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. As it is a one day event the entry fee has been reduced to €150 for the men's teams. We plan to have 32 men's teams competing in eight groups of four. 1st and 2nd place will go through to the Cup; 3rd and 4th will go through to the Plate. The Cup and Plate will be straight knockout tournaments. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games on the day.

We also plan to have a women’s tournament on the day with one group of four teams playing.


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August 2015
SARI's HIJABS AND HAT-TRICKS PROJECT SHORT LISTED FOR BEYOND SPORT AWARDS
SARI are honored to have been short listed for the Beyond Sport Awards 2015 for the 'Hijabs and Hat-tricks' project which was started by SARI Young Leaders Abdul Hajji, Abdul Abdullah and Azeez Yusuff in 2014 to encourage more Muslim women and girls to play football.
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August 2015
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR FARE WEEKS GRANTS
Applications are now open for Football Against Racism Europe (FARE) Action Weeks Small Grants. These grants are designed to offer seed funding to grassroots organisations such as supporters groups, community groups, NGOs and activists to help them run activities in their community, stadium, town or city during the Football People action weeks in October.
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August 2015
SARI SOCCERNITES TEAM WINS EID WORLD CUP
Last weekend marked the second annual EID World Cup supported by Sport Against Racism Ireland and Islamic Relief. The event was about bringing people together through football, but it was also about supporting an important cause. All funds raised by the event were donated to the people of Nepal, still struggling in the wake of the devastating April earthquake. The event raised over €1,000 for the cause.
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August 2015
2015 RANJI TROPHY A SUCCESS
This past Saturday the 2015 Ranji Trophy tournament was played at the Malahide Cricket Grounds. The day was filled with cricket and fun for everyone who participated in the annual event.
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July 2015
RANJI CRICKET TOURNAMENT THIS SATURDAY 1st AUG
This Saturday there will be fabulous food, colourful teams and cheering supporters, in the magnificent grounds of Malahide Cricket Club for the annual Ranji cricket tournament. This event is free and all are welcome.
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July 2015
SARI SUPPORTS EID FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IN AID OF THE PEOPLE OF NEPAL
Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) and Islamic Relief Ireland are supporting this year's Eid World Cup football tournament to help raise funds for the people of Nepal. The tournament starts on August 1st with the girls 5-a-side tournament at DCU astro pitches, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Registration starts at 10am and the first games start at 11am….
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July 2015
SARI CALLS FOR CONFEDERATE FLAG TO BE BANNED
After appearances at GAA matches the Confederate flag, symbolising racism and slavery should no longer be allowed to be flown.
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July 2015
SARI AT HELP THE HOMELESS TOURNAMENT
The SARI Soccernites team were runners up in the first annual football tournament to support the homeless.
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June 2015
CONGRATULATIONS TO HOT PRESS ON WINNING THE WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
This year's SARI UNHCR World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup took place on Sunday 21st June at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. The tournament featured sixteen men's teams and four women's teams with 200 players from all over Ireland. The men's tournament was won by Hot Press and the women's tournament by Diverse City. The Fair Play Cup was awarded to Hanoi Saigon.
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June 2015
DIVERSE CITY WIN THE WOMEN'S WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
This year's SARI UNHCR World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup took place on Sunday 21st June at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. The tournament featured sixteen men's teams and four women's teams with 200 players from all over Ireland. The men's tournament was won by Hot Press and the women's tournament by Diverse City. The Fair Play Cup was awarded to Hanoi Saigon.
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June 2015
HANOI SAIGON WIN FAIR PLAY AWARD AT WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
This year's SARI UNHCR World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup took place on Sunday 21st June at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. The tournament featured sixteen men's teams and four women's teams with 200 players from all over Ireland. The men's tournament was won by Hot Press and the women's tournament by Diverse City. The Fair Play Cup was awarded to Hanoi Saigon.
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June 2015
KILKENNY TIGERS RUNNERS UP IN WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
This year's SARI UNHCR World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup took place on Sunday 21st June at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. The tournament featured sixteen men's teams and four women's teams with 200 players from all over Ireland. The men's tournament was won by Hot Press and the women's tournament by Diverse City. The Fair Play Cup was awarded to Hanoi Saigon.
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June 2015
SARI UNHCR WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
Please join us for the sixth annual World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup which will take place on Sunday 21st June at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 from 10.30am - 5.30pm.
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May 2015
SARI Sunday Lunch Fundraiser
Please join us on Sunday 14th June for the SARI Sunday Lunch raising much needed funds for SARI's work to create opportunities for young people to participate in social integration projects in Ireland and abroad. Champagne reception, three course lunch with wine, Charity Auction and Prize Draw at Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street, Dublin 2
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May 2015
FIFA LAUNCHES ANTI-DISCRIMINATION OBSERVER SCHEME
FIFA has launched an anti-discrimination observer scheme for international matches. The new system will identify, and send observers to, high-risk matches among the 900-plus qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. All 64 games at the finals will also be monitored. The system is being overseen by European anti-discrimination body FARE.
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May 2015
NATIONAL INTEGRATION CONFERENCE AND DEBATE
The National Integration Conference and Debate took place on 30th April at St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin. The question posed was, ‘Does Ireland have a sustainable position on the issue of Integration?’ The Keynote Speaker was Brian Lucey, Professor of Finance at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin and the results of the national opinion poll on integration were presented by Amárach Research. The event was hosted by Metro Eireann with the support of the Irish Times, An Post, St. Patrick's College and Dublin Bus.
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April 2015
WORLDWISE GLOBAL SCHOOLS CONFERENCE
SARI was happy to be a part of the WorldWise Global Schools conference which took place on Tuesday 21st April at the Aviva Stadium. WorldWise Global Schools is part of the Irish government's Irish Aid programme and caters for all post primary schools that want to engage in Development Education.
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April 2015
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
April 6th is the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace which is an annual celebration that highlights and promotes the power of sport as a catalyst for social change all around the world. Since 2014 the IDSDP has been celebrated on 6th April.
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March 2015
MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS SOCCER SKILLS CHALLENGE
Have a look at the Millennium Development Goals Soccer Skills Challenge video we made at Soccerfest 2014 with some of the participants of the Soccer Skills Challenge - and learn more about the MDGs! The eight MDGs will be replaced in 2015 by the Sustainable Development Goals which currently number 17.
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March 2015
'INTEGRATION THROUGH SPORT' CONFERENCE
Please join us at the 'Integration Through Sport' conference on Monday 23rd March from 11am till 4pm at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 24. The conference is part of the PolskaÉire Festival and will explore how best to utilise sport to create a more integrated society. The conference is hosted by Minister of State Aodhán Ó Riordáin and the FAI, and is supported by South Dublin County Council.
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March 2015
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Saturday 21st March marks the UN'S Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Day was established to commemorate those who lost their lives at the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa on 21st March 1960. The day aims to remind people of racial discriminations negative consequences, and to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.
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March 2015
EUROPEAN-WIDE ACTION WEEK AGAINST RACISM
Every year around 21 March, the UNITED network coordinates the European-wide Action Week Against Racism and calls upon the international community to bring an end to racism, discrimination and intolerance. UNITED urgeS NGOs, community organisations, schools, local councils and individuals to join forces and confront racism with direct action. Whether by organising activities, supporting others, or spreading the message...
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March 2015
SAMUEL ETO'O AND FARE RECEIVE EUROPEAN MEDAL
On Monday 9th March Samuel Eto'o, along with the NGO Football Against Racism Europe (FARE), was presented with the third European Medal of Tolerance for "exceptional achievements" in tackling discrimination through football. The medal was presented by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) an NGO established in 2008 by former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor to monitor tolerance in Europe.
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March 2015
HIJABS AND HAT-TRICKS EVALUATION
Please see below the Evaluation of the first year of SARI's Hijabs and Hat-tricks programme by Dr James Carr of the University of Limerick
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February 2015
SARI CONDEMNS BEHAVIOUR OF CHELSEA FANS
SARI condemns the racist behaviour of a small group of Chelsea fans in Paris on Tuesday evening. Our colleagues at Kick It Out in the UK have been working hard with the club to eliminate racist behaviour and the club itself have been making a serious effort for some years to promote diversity and challenge racism. But this goes to show that we need to re-double our efforts to use the positive power of the game to rid our societies of racism and all forms of discrimination.
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January 2015
SARI TRAD AGAINST RACISM GIG
Many thanks to all the artists who performed at the SARI Trad Against Racism gig last night at St. Michan's Church as part of the Temple Bar TradFest: Leonard Barry and guests, Hare Squead, Twin Headed Wolves, The Young Folk, Loah, Lisa O'Neill, Mundy and Glen Hansard - you were all amazing and created a magical experience. We really appreciate all your support.
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January 2015
SARI TRAD AGAINST RACISM GALA FUNDRAISER
Please join us on Wednesday 28th January for SARI's 'Trad Against Racism' gala fundraiser at St Michan's, Church Street, Dublin 7 as part of the Temple Bar TradFest. It will be a special evening of music with Mundy, Lisa O'Neill, Loah, Leonard Barry, Conor Byrne and guests, Twin Headed Wolf, The Young Folk and Hare Squead. MC for the night will be Peter Coonan - aka Fran from Love/Hate.



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January 2015
STEPHANIE ROCHE IS RUNNER-UP IN THE FIFA PUSKÁS AWARD
Stephanie Roche of Peamount United is runner-up to James Rodriguez of Columbia in the FIFA Puskás Award for goal of the year. Stephanie received 33% of the public vote to Rodriguez's 42% of the 3.3 million cast. Robin Van Persie came third. That Stephanie Roche made the final three for her wonderful goal scored in the Bus Eireann Women's National League in front of approx 95 people is quite extraordinary. She had been hoping to become the first female winner of the Award: http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/puskas-award/index.html
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December 2014
SARI, DON BOSCO, PETER McVERRY AND CROSSCARE XMAS FRIENDLY
Many thanks to Don Bosco House for organising the Xmas friendly between SARI, Peter McVerry Trust, Crosscare and Don Bosco. It was a great evening. Thanks too for the food and player awards - all provided by Don Bosco. Great to see the Love/Hate Coola Boola Xmas hats on show. You can purchase on the RTE website. All proceeds donated to SARI and Peter McVerry Trust.
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October 2014
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS PTIII
As part of FARE Football People Action Weeks, SARI have been working closely with League of Ireland clubs to organise friendly matches between the clubs and residents of their local Direct Provison Centres. The first of these took place between a Drogheda United selection and Mosney on Saturday 18th October at United Park, followed by St. Patrick's Athletic Under-19s against Hatch Hall at Richmond Park on Tuesday and UCD freshers against Dun Laoghaire Guards on Wednesday. There will be more matches this week starting with Sligo Rovers Under-19s against Globe House on Tuesday 28th at the Showgrounds in Sligo ko at 7pm.
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October 2014
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS 2014 GET UNDERWAY
With FARE Football People Weeks launching on Thursday 9th October SARI are working closely with the FAI, Show Racism The Red Card and League of Ireland clubs to promote and showcase actions in support of the pan-European Football People Weeks which run until 23rd October.

SARI kicked off the Action Weeks with a presentation at Mount Carmel school in Dublin on Thursday evening. This will be followed up by a match on Thursday 16th October between Mount Carmel School and SARI’s Hijabs and Hat-tricks team Diverse City.

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October 2014
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS
There is only one week to go till the FARE Football People Action Weeks kick-off. SARI will be launching FARE Action Weeks in Ireland on Thursday 9th October with an inter-faith mini-tournament at King's Inns School/Mount Carmel, Dublin titled 'Believe in Football' which will be featuring Diverse City FC from the SARI 'Hijabs and Hat-tricks' programme. Kick-off will be at 6pm.

If you would like to get involved with FARE Weeks please contact us at info@sari.ie
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September 2014
SARI SOCCERFEST 2014 REPORT AND RESULTS
Over 5,000 spectators travelled to the Phoenix Park over the course of two days to watch 64 teams made up of 40 men’s teams, eight women’s teams, eight Under-15 teams and eight Under-13 teams participate in the 18th annual SARI Soccerfest.. SARI Director and Former Ireland manager Brian Kerr who refereed the All-Stars game said, “I want to thank everyone who participated in today’s All-Stars match especially Minister Ó Ríordáin for leading the SARI All-Stars. For SARI the All-Stars game helps communicate the huge role sport can play in bringing people together. SARI’s greatest strength and experience is in organising and delivering inter-cultural sports events that allow people to learn about their similarities rather than call out the differences. That is why we are so very proud to see all these great teams come together today to play the beautiful game.”

“It is also great to see so many families and spectators calling up to watch the weekend of football. We have had a massive turn out and people have been treated to some brilliant displays of football. SARI is very grateful to everyone who made today possible”

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September 2014
SARI ALL STARS BEAT LOVE/HATE CAST AT SOCCERFEST 2014
The stars of RTE's top drama Love/Hate were beaten 2 -1 by the SARI All Stars at the 18th annual SARI Soccerfest in the Phoenix Par, Dublin on Sunday . The SARI All Stars were captained by the Minister of State at the Dept. of Justice Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. SARI Soccerfest is Europe's largest intercultural 7- aside soccer tournament, which aims to promote cultural integration and social development in Irish life through sport.

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September 2014
SOCCERFEST 2014 DEDICATED TO HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
This, the eighteenth edition of Soccerfest is dedicated to the Human Rights body, Frontline Defenders.

Frontline Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 to protect Human Rights defenders at risk, people who work non-violently for all the rights enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Since our own foundation in 1997, SARI has used the medium of sport for cultural integration and social inclusion within a Human Rights framework bringing us into association with education and campaign organisations in the areas of Peace, Development Education, Health, Human Solidarity, Public Service provision.


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September 2014
LOVE/HATE v SARI ALL STARS AT SOCCERFEST 2014
The cast of Love/Hate will be in the Phoenix Park, Dublin this Sunday for the 18th Annual SARI Soccerfest All-Stars match. The match, which kicks off at 2pm, is part of the SARI Soccerfest, Europe's largest 7-a-side intercultural soccer tournament, which celebrates cultural diversity, social inclusion and global development.
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August 2014
CHARITY FOOTBALL EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR GAZA MEDICAL SUPPLIES
The Israeli bombardment of Gaza has been going on for more than four weeks, and all over the world demonstrations have been held in support of the Palestinian people. SARI, Islamic Relief Ireland and Wahdaniah Women's Group joined forces to organise the ‘Eid World Cup' tournament to provide medical aid for those suffering in Gaza. Despite having to deal with biblical rain showers, the tournament was a huge success.
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August 2014
SARI MEETS SENIOR OFFICIAL FROM ZAMBIAN MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORT
Ken Mc Cue, International Officer with SARI met with Agnes M. Musunga, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Zambia.
Agnes is in Europe with the Zambian Commonwealth Games team. Ken gave an update on SARI projects and programmes while Agnes suggested exploring the potential of coach exchanges under SARI's 'Sport Aid from Africa to Ireland' programme.
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July 2014
'THIS IS NOT A BALL' SARI FUNDRAISER
SARI are one of 12 development through football organisations worldwide chosen by internationally acclaimed artist Vik Muniz to benefit from a fundraising campaign around the release of his new film ‘This Is Not a Ball’.


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July 2014
FARE FOOTBALL PEOPLE ACTION WEEKS 2014
SARI have been appointed by FARE to co-ordinate the Football People Action Weeks in Ireland. This year’s events will take place between the 9th and the 23rd of October 2014.
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July 2014
REGISTRATION FOR SARI SOCCERFEST 2014 NOW OPEN
The 18th annual SARI Soccerfest will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Tackling racism, challenging discrimination and promoting dignity and respect for all, Soccerfest is the largest intercultural 7-a-side football tournament in Europe.
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July 2014
SARI AT THE WORLD CUP
The World Cup has sadly ended, but it will not be so easily forgotten. SARI youth leader Abdul Hajji tell us of his incredible yet humbling experience in Brazil, where he presented his project 'Hijabs & Hatricks' to global youth leaders from around the world. Abdul returned with many tales to tell. His favourite experiences were his encounters with the children in the favelas of Brazil. As a token of goodwill they made Abdul a football from nothing more than newspapers covered in bin bags and tied with rope, something they use daily as they are incredibly passionate about football. Abdul brought this back with him to Dublin as a reminder of his time in Brazil and he even tried to have a game with it in Croke Park!
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July 2014
THE RANJI TROPHY 2014
The annual Ranji Trophy once again proved to be a fantastic success, and the sun blessed the celebration of the legendary Indian cricketer Ranjiitsinhji at Malahide Cricket Club. Twelve leading companies including representatives from AIB, Amazon, Dell, ESB, RaboBank, Fidelity, Google, Intel, Microsoft , Android, Vendors Team and RCCI all competed in a 6-a-side action-packed day of cricket.
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June 2014
HIJABS AND HAT-TRICKS
In March of 2014, FIFA lifted their ban on hijabs, meaning that Muslim women can play international football wearing their traditional headgear. To take advantage of the new opportunity, SARI Young Leaders Abdulkadir Abdallah and Abdul-Rahman Hajji organised the 'Hijabs and Hat Tricks' project, dedicated to encouraging Muslim women to play football and to creating a Muslim women’s football team in Dublin.
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June 2014
BEACH CRICKET AND SPORTS FESTIVAL 2014
SARI is supporting the annual Beach Cricket and Sports Festival which will take place this Saturday 21st June at Bettystown-Laytown beach from 12-6pm. All welcome.
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June 2014
WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
As Englishmen everywhere rued missed opportunities in Brazil on Sunday morning, UNHCR and Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) kicked off World Refugee Day in style with the 5th annual Fair Play Football Cup on Sunday 15 June. The 7-a-side tournament featured teams drawn from refugee and community groups, direct provision centres, NGOs and members of the media. Over 160 players from a host of countries including Angola, South Africa, Afghanistan, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Ireland, competed in the competition.
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June 2014
WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP
World Refugee Day 2014 kicks into action with UNHCR/SARI Fair Play Football Cup on 15 June 2014.

Brazil is not the only country that will see football action this month. On Sunday 15 June, UNHCR Ireland and Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) will be kicking off World Refugee Day 2014 with the fifth Fair Play Football Cup. The family friendly football tournament will be taking place in Dublin's Law Society gardens from 10.30am to 4pm.


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June 2014
SARI SOCCERNITES SUMMER 2014
The Soccernites 2013/14 season continues every Wednesday and Friday at Fairview Park, Dublin from 5.30 till 7pm and at Hartstown Community Centre, Hartstown Road, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 from 7 till 8pm every Thursday.
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June 2014
The Ranji Trophy 2014
The annual Ranji Trophy will take place on Sunday June 22nd at the Malahide Cricket Ground. The event was stablished in honour of the legendary Indian cricketer Ranjiitsinhji - who played for England and later bought Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara - and to further Irish/Indian relations.
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May 2014
TANAISTE EAMON GILMORE AND BRIAN KERR ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN STREETFOOTBALL FESTIVAL 2015
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore today announced that Ireland has been chosen to host the European Street Football Festival 2015. The cross - border soccer tournament is organised by Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) and streetfootballworld and will take place across Dublin, Dundalk, Belfast, Newry and Warrenpoint in August 2015.
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May 2014
PRESIDENT OBAMA ON THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS OWNER
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine from the NBA over racist remarks. Barack Obama commented: "The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation. That is still there - the vestiges of discrimination. We've made enormous strides but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often. And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently. But also remaining hopeful that part of why some statements like this stand out so much is that there has been a shift in how we view ourselves."
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April 2014
SARI RECEIVE DONATION FROM SOCCER WRITERS' ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND
SARI are delighted to have received a donation from the Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland from a collection made at their annual banquet attended by 250 soccer writers and sports people including both Martin O'Neill, current manager of the Republic of Ireland football team, and assistant manager, Roy Keane. The presentation was made last week by Paul Butner - President of the SWAI - to the SARI chairman, Perry Ogden, in the presence of former Republic of Ireland manager and SARI director Brian Kerr.
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March 2014
GAA ANNUAL CONGRESS
The GAA has changed it's rule book to protect ethnic minority players against racism in Gaelic games. The rule amendment, which was passed at the GAA Annual Congress on the 22nd February, "gives the referee the power to send a player who uses racist or sectarian language off".The rule, as it stands, doesn't explicitly state that such abuse is a sending off offence.
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January 2014
GAA Congress
The GAA Annual Congress will take place in Croke Park, Dublin on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February. Among the motions to be considered is Motion no. 42: Racist and Sectarian Abuse which, if passed, will give the referee the power to send off a player who uses racist or sectarian language. The rule, as it stands, doesn’t explicitly state that such abusive language is a sending off offence.
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January 2014
SARI SOCCERNITES 2014
The Soccernites 2013/14 season continues every Wednesday and Friday at O'Connell School, North Richmond Street, Dublin 1 but with new times. Wednesday from 5 till 6pm is for Under-14s; Wednesday from 5.30 till 7pm for 14-18 year-olds. Friday from 5 till 6pm is for girls and from 5.30 till 7pm for 14-18 year-olds. On February 13th Soccernites will be launching in Blanchardstown at Hartstown Community Centre, Hartstown Road, Clonsilla, Dublin 15. Initially these sessions will run from 8 till 9pm then in March will change to 7 till 8pm.
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WORLD FOOTBALL FIVES ROAD TO DUBAI
There are still a few places left for the World Football Fives qualifying tournament which will take place in Irishtown, Dublin on Sunday 8th March at 12.30. The winners of the tournament willqualify for the Irish F5WC National Finals and win a branded kit. The winners of the National Finals will qualify for a 3-4 day all inclusive trip to Dubai to represent Ireland at the World Championships. For further information: http://tinyurl.com/q2hpdkf
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