In February 2002, Football Unites, Racism Divides hosted an international conference, “Building the Network”, at Sheffield United FC’s Bramall Lane ground.
Over 80 delegates attended, representing 46 different organisations from across Europe. The event was designed to share good practice of practical action. Many of the individuals present were from grass-roots organisations, and the conference was a key stepping stone in the development of the Football Against Racism in Europe network.
The Sheffield conference has since been used as the template for further FARE grass-roots conferences, such as the “Networking against racism and discrimination in European football – the role of fans, football clubs and ethnic minorities” held in Germany 2004 and the FARE grass-roots conference in Slovakia 2005.