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Anti-Racist Action Week

16th –28th October is European Anti-Racist Action Week in football, with activities throughout Europe arranged by football clubs, fans, schools and community groups. Sheffield is supporting the week with the following activities:

On 16th October ‘Football Unites’ helped to launch the week with an event at Sheffield Wednesday, which brought together representatives of Wednesday, Sheffield United and Barnsley. Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport and MP for Sheffield Central (FURD’s constituency), kicked off the event saying “Football can bring together many millions of people together in a shared experience which in itself has the capacity to lead to a greater mutual understanding and respect”. The event was attended by Wednesday manager Chris Turner, United assistant manager David Kelly, Barnsley manager Gudjon Thordarson and chairman Peter Ridsdale, as well as players from all three clubs. The occasion also marked the launch of the ‘Football Unites’ Review – a 30-page report of our activities over the last 2 years, and new posters of the Wednesday and United teams produced by the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ campaign. The review and the posters are all free so just contact us if you’d like any.

Wednesday’s home match against Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday 18th October was designated an ‘anti-racist match’, with thousands of tickets being given away.

On Wednesday 22nd October ‘Football Unites’ is involved in the ‘Off the Shelf’ festival of reading and writing with an event at Bukowski’s piano bar on London Road at 8pm. The event includes the national launch of the 4th edition of the United Colours of Football anti-racist fanzine and the guest speaker is ex-professional footballer Richie Moran, who quit the game because he was fed up with the racism he encountered. He is known to be a powerful speaker and writer. Also included will be performances of work, both serious and humorous, produced by the Chantwriters community writing group, music and a buffet, and all for only £3, or £2 concessions! Get your ticket from the Visitor Information Centre on Surry Street or on the door.

On Friday 24th October United will use their match against Reading to distribute anti-racist posters and fanzines and the players will display a ‘Blades Against racism’ banner.

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Tournament success for members of our Belonging group
Members of our Belonging group for refugees and asylum-seekers, representing Assist Sheffield, were victorious in a 5-a-side tournament at the U-Mix Centre on Saturday 14th October....
18 October 2017 view this news article in full
Exhibitions and resources for Black History Month and beyond
FURD has several exhibitions suitable for Black History Month activities available for hire. The first four listed below were written and produced by FURD; the second four were produced by other organisations....
11 October 2017 view this news article in full
International Football3 Festival
FURD's Talent Match coach Saudat Adinani was recently selected to represent FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) as a young leader at the International Football3 Festival in Cologne (Koln) on 14th -18th September 2017....
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Everyone a winner at the All Nations Football Festival
We held our annual All Nations Football Festival on Saturday 30th September at the U-Mix Centre, designed to promote the inclusion of refugees and asylum-seekers in football. The event went well with ten teams taking part....
3 October 2017 view this news article in full
Charity fundraiser for Rohingya on Sunday 24th September
This Sunday, 24th September, we're hosting a fundraising event at the U-Mix Centre organised by the i-Aspire Foundation to raise funds for the Rohingya people....
19 September 2017 view this news article in full

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