October 13 2017
Gretna FC 2008 have been flying the flag for Scotland in Europe as part of a continental initiative to promote equality through football.
The Raydale Park club have teamed up with Nil by Mouth to take part in the ‘Football People’ campaign which runs across Europe from the 5th-19th October. ‘Football People’ is organised by the FARE Network to promote diversity and inclusion as well as challenge prejudice in the game and this year will see more than 100,000 people take part in activity across 43 countries.
The programme was created to help groups across Europe tackle discrimination and promote social inclusion through football. Fourteen large grants have been awarded to initiatives in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Scotland and Ukraine.
As part of the Scottish programme Nil by Mouth are taking football writer and host of STV ‘The People’s History’ show Daniel Gary on a tour of clubs across the country to perform readings from his book’ Saturday 3PM’ and write about the positives of the game. Daniel performed in the club bar after the 3-2 derby win against Dalbeattie Star last Saturday. The club will also display posters across its facilities.
Local Cllr Archie Dryburgh has also thrown his weight behind the campaign game by securing a sponsorship deal which will see Nil by Mouth’s logo displayed on the back of the club’s strip during the 2017/18 season. The charity was set up by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson in response to the brutal sectarian murder of her school friend Mark Scott in 1995 as he made his way home from a match in the city.
Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘The Football People campaign is important as it brings together all of those who watch, play or run the sport to promote inclusion and diversity across the game and make a public statement that they will challenge intolerance and discrimination. It’s fantastic that Gretna will not only take part during the fortnight of action but also display our logo on their strips for the rest of the season. We are delighted to have such a unique opportunity to promote our charity through this sponsorship deal, which will heighten our profile and messages of respect every time Gretna take to the pitch.’
Stuart Rome, from Gretna 2008 FC said:
‘Football has the power to do a lot a good in the community and we are more than happy to raise awareness of the great work of Nil by Mouth and delighted to be chosen to represent Scotland in the European wide ‘Football People’ campaign. It’s been great to host a speaker like Daniel Gray at the club and we look forward to seeing Raydale Park feature in his work in the future.’
Cllr Archie Dryburgh said:
‘Football is a real passion of mine and I’m very proud of all the local clubs in our region and know that football can be a brilliant vehicle for promoting health and wellbeing. It’s a great boost for Gretna to be part of this European campaign that will see more than 100,000 people from across the continent remind us that football is a game for everyone.’