The grassroots department of the Football Federation of Armenia (HFF) joined forces with the Yerevan branch of the Cross Cultures Project Association (CCPA) in October, organising a series of activities to mark the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Action Week.
Taking place under the banner 'Ignoring racism is accepting racism', tournaments were organised for almost 200 schoolchildren in Armenia's Armavir and Shirak regions on 25 and 26 October, with booklets and posters about the annual FARE initiative handed out to participants.
At each tournament, HFF representatives also conducted educational sessions focused on issues concerning racism and xenophobia and the integration of other nationalities and religions. The 'Ignoring racism is accepting racism' football and classroom activities were just two of more than 1,500 organised during the FARE Action Week across 42 European countries to raise awareness.
UEFA, a partner and supporter of the FARE network for nine years now, once again used its major club competitions as a high-profile platform to highlight the anti-discrimination campaign during the 2010 Action Week, which ran from 14 to 26 October.
At 40 matches in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League between 19 and 21 October, teams entered the field accompanied by children wearing Unite Against Racism T-shirts, while team captains were asked to wear special armbands and promotional videos were shown to supporters on giant stadium screens.
For a comprehensive overview of the recent Action Week activities, or for more details of the campaign, visit the FARE website: http://www.farenet.org/.
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