Football Unites, Racism Divides was born at a meeting at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre in the Sharrow district of Sheffield on Thursday 9th November 1995. Present that night were local youth workers, city councillors, representatives from Sheffield United, young people and members of supporter organisations.
The group met in the wake of a number of racist attacks upon Asian and Somali young people, as well as widespread anecdotal evidence of abuse of local black and Asian residents whenever Sheffield United were at home. The meeting decide to ‘do something’ and the result was Football Unites, Racism Divides.
Football Unites has always sought to make a difference within the game and within our diverse local community. At the tenth Anniversary of the Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football campaign in January 2004, the project received recognition for its pioneering work as a community-based anti-racist football project, whilst Football Unites was highlighted as a model project in UEFA’s report ‘Unite Against Racism in European Football: UEFA Guide to Good Practice’. Copies of the report may be borrowed from the Football Unites library.
In late 2005, Football Unites celebrated its tenth anniversary. Football stars, politicians and influential figures within the game turned out to celebrate our achievements over the past decade and to look forward to pioneering developments in the future.