Series of youth action organised by NGO Majak in Liberec in the Czech Republic
It was for the first time that the NGO Majak took a part in an international project dealing with racism and prejudice among football fans. Majak works with endangered teenagers in and around Liberec and the goals of the pro supporters action week was suitable for the kids, moreover for their friends.
Majak cooperated with a regional NGO to cover a larger target group. During the project teenagers from Liberec, Frýdlant, Raspenava, Hejnice and Nové Město were involved. As it was planned, Majak organised various activities during the FARE action week. The project week dealing with anti-/discriminatory and anti-/racist manifestations among youth in the football community consisted of 5 actions, targeting teenagers 12 – 18 years from the fan community of FC Slovan Liberec.
Majak issued and distributed 400 flyers dealing with approaches to tackle discrimination among teenagers and young fans, informing about risks of discriminatory behaviour and consequences that may follow. The flyer contained basic information about the FARE Action Weeks against racism and discrimination, the pro supporters project, its main goals and principles. Flyers were distributed in schools, during sport sessions, in football clubs of the participating cities and to the public.
On Tuesday, 16th of October, Majak organised a football match between two drop–in centers for youth at risk. Over 40 teenagers took part and spent over 2 hours playing football on a grass field. After the match the young players and fans discussed the topics of ethnic – based discrimination in football.
On Wednesday, 17th of October, the organisers screened a documentary about discrimination in football, how sport can unite different cultures and people from all around the world. The attendance was not so high, however more interesting and deeper discussions took place in the club that night. Some personal experiences from the fan community and others stories opened the topic of dealing with discriminatory behavior and its regulation.
On Friday, 19th of October, a discussion panel was organised on the main topics of the FARE week. Tomáš Čarnogurský from the FC Slovan fan project presented the struggles of this problematic and discussed with teenagers about their own experiences with racism. Over 25 people were involved.
On Saturday, 20th of October the main framework of the FARE Action Week and our regional pro supporters project was presented on a first league match between FC Slovan Liberec vs. FK Mladá Boleslav. To sum up, over 75 teenagers were involved in the project activities, all 400 flyers were distributed, and the project was presented to the public in 5 cities in the Liberec region.
More infos: Majak website