This year we are running Months of Action for each of the funded projects doing work in tackling sectarianism in scotland. This initiative has been designed to showcase all the good work of the projects and to promote all of the highlights over the period of one month on the Action on Sectarianism website.

Click on the months below to find out more about each project.

 

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR OUR EASTER FOOTBALL CAMP!

NKSDG are hosting their Easter Football Camp again this year!

We are delighted to announce that the Easter Football Camp will take place in partnership with SOS.

Coaches with UEFA and SFA Licences from NK Academy and will be delivering the sessions that will help develop your child's football ability, team work and social skills. Everyday we will have lots of games taking place between players of similar age/ability where players get to put the skills they have been taught into practice. There will be a Grand Final Crossbar Challenge award winner on the Friday from the daily challenges. There will also be a Player of the Week award.

Boys and Girls aged 5-12 years are welcome at Garscube Sports Complex this Easter from Monday 1st April to Friday 12th April from 10am to 3pm.

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 Girls Team B&B session 

In February the Bridges & Barriers project deliver their first ever all girl session at Croftfoot Primary School and it just so happened to be with our new NKU Girls Team.

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                    “Delighted that our girls football team are involved in Bridges and Barriers , anti - sectarian programme with North Kelvin”

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City wide Anti-Sectarianism Football Festival Thursday 21st March we are at the Bridges and Barries football festival at Soccerworld Glasgow  25 Teams from 40 school. Wonderful day bring together young people from all over Glasgow and celebrating diversity and anti-discrimination. 

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Colours of our Scarves is a Scottish Government funded project run by Supporters Direct Scotland tackling sectarianism and inequality in sport throughout Scotland.Since 2013, Colours of our Scarves has covered a large area of Scottish football and worked with a number of stakeholders within the game to make it better for everyone. You can see a back catalogue of Colours of our Scarves work.

Now in it’s 5th year, Colours of our Scarves works with key stakeholders within Scottish sport to provide athletes, coaches, organisers and volunteers with a support mechanism, an educational tool and an opportunity for self-reflection and development with a focus on community impact and improving the learning and developmental environment for everyone involved.

With continued funding in 2017-18, Supporters Direct Scotland will work in two main strands.In partnership with the Scottish FA, Colours of our Scarves will build on work conducted with Braidhurst High School School of Football over the last two years. With this, the offer of a 2-hour delivery workshop for the players and coaches will be extended to the remaining 27 Schools of Football across Scotland. Colours of our Scarves also works with educational institutions and students to deliver Equality Sport Festivals within communities, promoting messages of tolerance and acceptance of all.

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Sense over Sectarianism National Competitions and Awards

Back in November SOS launched the first ever Sense over Sectarianism Awards this month we will showcase the work of SOS. The

Over the last few week the competition entries have been voted for via Twitter and this week on the 14th the winners will be announced

Four awards will be split over two competitions:

Art Display Competition (pupils will be invited to make art about the topic of sectarianism/tackling sectarianism)

(1) Primary Award and (1) Secondary Schools Award

School Project Competition (submissions to include a 2 minute YouTube video with a 300-400 word overview)

(1) Primary Award and (1) Secondary Schools Award

 Prizes of £250 for each award will be made to the winning schools. 

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Scarfed for Life On Tour NOW!

SOS and the Citizen Theatre Glasgow

The tour of Scarfed for Life Drama to investigate difficult topics through drama, reading and discussion into schools in Glasgow for the 5th Year in a row!

The new tour will be underway this week. First performance on Monday 18th at Lochend High School in the morning and then onto Whitehill Secondary that afternoon. Look out of it at a School near you! 

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https://www.actiononsectarianism.info/news/action-sense-over-sectarianism-awards-and-the-winners-are

The Colours of our Scarves - Fair Play Foundation

Coach Education Programme

 We currently deliver to all sport related students in the following educational institutions.

The workshops primarily focus around three key pillars

  1. Roles and responsibilities - What are the roles and responsibilities both legal and ethical of a sports deliverer or sports organisers.
  2. Actions and consequences – What are the potential pit falls and cases of precedence around prejudice that can be highlighted to better enable students to make positive decisions in their future careers
  3. Perceptions and Realities – Students are presented with the most accurate and detailed breakdown of current statistical level of hate behaviour incidents in Scottish society to understand the context of the prevalence in Scotland

These workshops take place in:

  • Forth Valley College
  • West Lothian College
  • Glasgow Clyde College
  • West College Scotland (3 campuses)
  • South Lanarkshire College
  • Ayrshire College (3 campuses)
  • New College Lanarkshire
  • Dumfries and Galloway College
  • Fife College

This is around 1,500 next generation of coaches, personal trainers, development officers.

*In three colleges we have also been asked to deliver to the students studying on the uniformed services courses also.

Here is a video about the work the students at Forth Valley have done with Colours of our Scarves:

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Schools of Football Programme

Over the period of the funding cycle the Colours of our Scarves project will visit all 39 SFA Schools of Football to work with all squads at all age groups to deliver workshops focused around (as stated above the three pillars) this is amended to ensure that the focus for the players is centred around  giving the young athletes an opportunity for self-reflection in relation to their pre-existing behavioural patterns and an opportunity to discuss and consider what comprises of a good role model, team mates, leader, student and which associated behaviour traits are inextricably linked to prejudice and its manifestations.

Equality Through Sports Events Programme

The equality events programme will partner a select number of groups in different regions across Scotland to assist in the delivery of localised community events. The events themselves will be planned and delivered by these groups with the support of the project throughout planning and delivery to help tackle a form of prejudice they deem to be relevant and pertinent to those local with the understanding of their own communities to utilise sport as the conduit to address forms of prejudice.

Club Education Programme

An exciting new dimension to the programme is the introduction of our workshops for community clubs. Already we have received numerous enquires from sports clubs with relation to inservice training for the staff and volunteers. One example of this was a series of workshops delivered for Spartans FC. The Colours of our Scarves project has twice visited the spartans academy in the last few months to both delvier educational workshops for the full time staff and secondly to deliver a bespoke workshops to the clubs volunteers and part time staff.

Colours of our Scarves is a Scottish Government funded project run by Supporters Direct Scotland tackling sectarianism and inequality in sport throughout Scotland.Since 2013, Colours of our Scarves has covered a large area of Scottish football and worked with a number of stakeholders within the game to make it better for everyone. You can see a back catalogue of Colours of our Scarves work.

Now in it’s 5th year, Colours of our Scarves works with key stakeholders within Scottish sport to provide athletes, coaches, organisers and volunteers with a support mechanism, an educational tool and an opportunity for self-reflection and development with a focus on community impact and improving the learning and developmental environment for everyone involved.

With continued funding in 2017-18, Supporters Direct Scotland will work in two main strands.In partnership with the Scottish FA, Colours of our Scarves will build on work conducted with Braidhurst High School School of Football over the last two years. With this, the offer of a 2-hour delivery workshop for the players and coaches will be extended to the remaining 27 Schools of Football across Scotland. Colours of our Scarves also works with educational institutions and students to deliver Equality Sport Festivals within communities, promoting messages of tolerance and acceptance of all.

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Colours of our Scarves is a Scottish Government funded project run by Supporters Direct Scotland tackling sectarianism and inequality in sport throughout Scotland.Since 2013, Colours of our Scarves has covered a large area of Scottish football and worked with a number of stakeholders within the game to make it better for everyone. You can see a back catalogue of Colours of our Scarves work.

Now in it’s 5th year, Colours of our Scarves works with key stakeholders within Scottish sport to provide athletes, coaches, organisers and volunteers with a support mechanism, an educational tool and an opportunity for self-reflection and development with a focus on community impact and improving the learning and developmental environment for everyone involved.

With continued funding in 2017-18, Supporters Direct Scotland will work in two main strands.In partnership with the Scottish FA, Colours of our Scarves will build on work conducted with Braidhurst High School School of Football over the last two years. With this, the offer of a 2-hour delivery workshop for the players and coaches will be extended to the remaining 27 Schools of Football across Scotland. Colours of our Scarves also works with educational institutions and students to deliver Equality Sport Festivals within communities, promoting messages of tolerance and acceptance of all.

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Bridging The Gap

Bridging The Gap are starting new work in new areas! This month see BtG expanding the fantastic schools transition programme out to other areas of Glasgow and moving into North Lanarkshire. Four new secondary schools partnerships with St Margaret’s High Airdrie, Airdrie Academy, St Roch’s and Whitehill Secondary. Tackling issues, raising awareness around sectarianism , creating volunteer opportunities and developing leadership skills.

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Bridging The Gap

Bridging the Gap deliver anti sectarian workshops through a number of different channels – the schools transition programme (in Shawlands Academy & Holyrood Secondary, and 14 feeder primary schools), residential trips to Belfast with both secondary schools, and an Understanding Each Other programme with P6 pupils in Blackfriars and St Francis Primary schools.

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The focus of our primary to secondary transition programme has been sharpened to have an obvious theme of tackling sectarianism through specific issue based workshops led by staff, as well as trained adult and S5/6 volunteers.   Within the different sessions, the young people (P7s and S4s) are given the opportunity to explore the history of sectarianism, how it manifests itself in their lives or the communities they live in, and if it affects them at all.  They do this through an information session followed by an interactive game of snakes and ladders (with quiz questions based on what they’ve learned). Young people also take part in role play scenarios that get them to look at the consequences of particular behaviour and also encourages the group to decipher the scenarios and to look closely at what in fact is/isn’t actually sectarian behaviour.  As well as these sessions, they also decorate cupcakes depicting what sectarianism is to them, with a number of them coming up with very creative designs and descriptions.  These sessions are led by S5/S6s and the adult volunteer team and are developed to suit the different groups each of them were working with. 

Following on from the transition programme the young people from the secondary schools are able to go on a trip to the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland.  This residential gives the young people the opportunity to look at issues who have shaped who they are, such as, personal identity and culture. 

The discussions that they take part in gives them the space to express their opinions, in a safe space and on a range of sensitive topics such as race, religion and culture.  In our most recent trip, the group also got to take part in question and answer sessions with a group of young people from an interface area in Belfast.  By taking part in this, they were able to explore how sectarianism affects young people who are the same age as them. 

In our Understanding Each other programme, a group of S5 pupils (who btg3travelled to Belfast in S4) deliver small group talks to the P6 groups from St Francis Primary and Blackfriars Primary.  When in Belfast, the group filled out diaries about what they learn and in this programme they go through these with the P6s and show them what communities can be like when people don’t understand each other.  The S5 young people also devised and facilitated a short quiz following these discussions.  This is the first session in a group of 4, where the group go on to look at migration, asylum and difference.   There is also a session where 4 different types of migrants (asylum seeker, refugee, internal migrant & economic migrant) visit the classes and the P6 pupils are able to listen to their stories of why/how they ended up in Glasgow.

Our work brings young people together from different backgrounds of religion, geographical area and school. By working with young people across different learning communities and delivering the same programme with them we bridge a gap of understanding across the sectarian divide.  Through involvement in the programmes, we feel that young people will be more confident and therefore will be in a position, not only to challenge themselves in relation to sectarianism, but also their families, friends and communities. 

 


 

Celebrating their 20th Birthday this year with Humans of Bridging the Gap stories.  

Read here about Megan’s Humans of Bridging the Gap story!

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This is Joe talking about his experience with our Transition Programme

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Another ‘Humans of Bridging the Gap’ interview from Caitlin’s experience of our Transition Programme.

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The Humans of Bridging the Gap interview is from our very own Paddy. He is sharing his experience about being involved in and working for BtG.

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