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Respect and Tolerance is a Young Fan's Motto

Children and youth Completed
2015-04-01 - 2016-04-30
343 094,54 PLN
307 994,54 PLN
Project description
In the Podkarpackie voivodships, there are 600 football clubs (the highest number in Poland), Each year, senior teams play c. 220 matches. During these matches, football fans are aggressive - they manifest racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. In 2010, 304 stadium bans were enforced, including 170 in the Stal Rzeszów football club (the highest number in Poland). 5 incidents of hooliganism were reported and 74 cases were brought to court. Tough competition during matches, losing not accepted and rejecting the referees’ decisions lead to aggressive behaviour of not only young football fans but also sport activists, trainers and also the players.
The aim of the project was to design joint activities for young people from the rival football clubs in Podkarpacie - Stal Rzeszów and Resovia Rzeszów – and from neutral clubs – Orły Rzeszów and a Norwegian club Stabak IF. The aim was also minimizing aggressive and xenophobic behaviour, which accompanies football matches in Podkarpacie.
Thanks to the project implementation, young players from the rival football clubs in Rzeszów took part in joint training camps. Together with trainers and sport activists of their clubs, they also organized an information campaign for students of schools in Rzeszów on how to counteract aggression of young people in stadiums. Integration of players and fans of the rival clubs was possible thanks to organizing joins sport events - camps, training sessions and a visit to the Norwegian club – and educational events - meetings, theatre performances, talks, photo competition and a conference. An information campaign on violence in football grounds was conducted in the city and on the Internet.
The project beneficiaries were over 2,500 children and youth from Rzeszów. Also young football players from Rzeszów clubs and young people aged 12-16 from 9 Rzeszów secondary schools benefited from the project implementation.
Stabak IF club from Norway, the project partner, has a lot of experience in sport training and in bringing up young people. They presented best practices of combating negative behaviour in football grounds to young players and trainers from Poland.
We use the grant for capacity building