'Stop Racism in Sports’ Competition Final in Polish Parliament (nigdywiecej.org)The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association brought together creme de la creme of Polish sports journalists as well as Members of Parliament, former sports champions and representatives of key institutions to participate in an awards ceremony and an informed discussion on sports and discrimination on the eve of the UN Anti-Racism Day.

The ‘Stop racism in sports’ competition for professional print, radio and television journalists covering issues of racism and discrimination was held under the auspices of Elzbieta Radziszewska MP, Deputy Speaker of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) and former Minister of Equality. The competition was co-organized by the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association, the Parliamentary Committee on Sports and Tourism, the Polish Olympic Committee, the Civic Rights Commissioner, and the European Commission office in Warsaw.

The high-level awards ceremony took place in the Parliament’s main media room with the participation of a large number of officials and the media community. Dr Rafal Pankowski, a representative of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association, spoke at the ceremony and stressed the contribution of the late Marcin Kornak who had initiated the ground-breaking ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of the Stadiums’ campaign back in 1996. It was the first campaign against racism in sport in Central and Eastern Europe and it has resulted in a significant rise in social awareness. As emphasized by the Polish Press Agency report on the event, the awards ceremony was held on the first anniversary of the passing away of Marcin Kornak. 

Deputy Speaker Elzbieta Radziszewska said: "I am truly grateful to the NEVER AGAIN Association for your priceless commitment and tireless efforts in the fight against racism and discrimination over so many years."

'Stop Racism in Sports’ Competition Final in Polish Parliament (nigdywiecej.org)Other speakers, who delivered powerful condemnations of racism and intolerance and pledged their support to the anti-discrimination cause, included the former volleyball champion Malgorzata Niemczyk and the legendary 1970s football goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski (who had been criticized by 'NEVER AGAIN' for insensitive comments in the past). The discussion with the participation of media representatives continued for more than two hours in the format of an informal roundtable debate chaired by Mrs Radziszewska. The participants vowed to restore the positive multi-cultural atmosphere of the Euro 2012 ‘RESPECT Diversity’ campaign ahead of the UEFA Europe League final to be held in Warsaw in May 2015, in the run up to the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Poland as well as the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. 

Other activities co-organized by the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association during the 2015 European-wide Action Week Against Racism included a ‘Music Against Racism’ rap concert in Pila, an anti-racism info point during the ‘Glasses of Equality’ gala in Warsaw, and the ‘Challenge racism and promote interculturalism’ debate organized with the Warsaw African community on 21 March.

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association is an anti-racist educational and monitoring organization established in Poland in 1996. In cooperation with UEFA and FARE, it implemented the UEFA Euro 2012 ‘Respect Diversity – Football Unites’ programme.

'Stop Racism in Sports’ Competition Final in Polish Parliament (nigdywiecej.org)UNITED for Intercultural Action is the European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees, comprised of 560 organizations from 46 European countries. UNITED for Intercultural Action coordinates activities during the European-wide Action Week Against Racism on 14-22 March 2015, around the annual UN International Anti-Racism Day on 21 March.

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New Jewish-Arab Football School Launched in Jerusalem (NIF.org)This past Thursday, the 19th of March, the Hapoel Katamon team, the Football Academy of East Jerusalem and the “Kick Racism out of Israeli Football” programme of the New Israel Fund (NIF) jointly launched a new football school for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem.  A launch event with the kids was held on Thursday to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the 21st.  It was a crowded field with all the kids mixed in together doing ball drills and the day was a great success. It was only their third time meeting but you could already see genuine connections forming between them. In a city like Jerusalem that is so divided, it was heartwarming.

Roughly 100 children from football teams in West and East Jerusalem are being trained together for two weeks in the Katamon neighborhood: 50 children from the Hapoel Katamon team and 50 children from Beit Safafa, Beit Hanina, Jabel Mukaber and Wadi Joz, all aged 10-12. The new combined team is called, “Team of Equals”. The goal of the initiative is to introduce Jewish children from West Jerusalem to Arab children from East Jerusalem in order to combat the division and hostility between them and to advance a shared life in the city.

Four players from Hapoel Katamon, including star player Aviram Baruchyan (who played for Beitar Jerusalem in the past), the professional manager of the club Shai Aharon and trainers from the Football Academy in East Jerusalem Ali Otman and Salman Amar came to greet all the young players and help out with their training.

New Jewish-Arab Football School Launched in Jerusalem (NIF.org)The response so far has been uplifting. Organisers have inundated with requests from parents in neighborhoods around the city who want their children to participate as well and every Facebook post receiving a wash of 'likes' and positive comments.  NIF is already looking into the possibility of holding more camps like these in the future.

At the end of the first day, organisers gave each child a "Respect" football donated by UEFA. At first they didn't understand, then got very excited as they realised they were being given the balls to keep. 

There were articles published about the school in the Hebrew and Arab media. Here's one from the Times of Israel and another from I24 News.

You can see all the photos from the event here.

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  • Programmier-Camp startet in den Sommerferien
  • Konzern IT-Chef Hofmann: Eigene Ideen in Software umsetzen

KIDScraft 1.0Wolfsburg, 16. März 2015 – Im „KIDScraft 1.0“-Sommercamp werden Ideen lebendig. Vom 24. bis 28. August 2015 können Wolfsburger Schüler der 4. bis 6. Klasse in Kleingruppen am Computer experimentieren, eigene Spiele programmieren und mit Hilfe von Mikrocontrollern wie kleine IT-Ingenieure tüfteln. Dabei werden sie von Pädagogen und Experten unterstützt. Das Camp läuft täglich von 8.30 bis 17.00 Uhr in der Volkwagen Arena. Anmeldungen sind ab sofort möglich.

„Wir wollen Kinder für Informationstechnologie begeistern“, sagt Elisabeth Pötsch, Schirmherrin des Projekts. „Das KIDScraft-Camp bietet ihnen unkomplizierten Zugang zu ITund Technik-Themen, weil es spielerisch Wissen vermittelt. Die Kinder haben Raum zum Experimentieren, dabei entdecken und erlernen sie wichtige Computer-Grundlagen.“

Konzern IT-Chef Dr. Martin Hofmann betont: „Smartphones oder Tablets zu nutzen gehört für Kinder heute zum Alltag. Deshalb ist es uns wichtig, dass sie lernen, in diesem Bereich ihre Kreativität auszuleben und selbstständig eigene Ideen in Software umsetzen.“

„Gerade die junge Generation müssen wir fit machen für die digitale Zukunft“, ergänzt Betriebsrat Heinz-Joachim Thust. „Das KIDScraft-Camp leistet dafür einen wertvollen Beitrag, denn es fördert Experimentierfreude und spornt an, die eigenen Fähigkeiten auszuprobieren.“

Für körperlichen Ausgleich sorgt ein begleitendes Freizeitprogramm. Der VfL Wolfsburg unterstützt das Camp im Rahmen seiner Initiative „Gemeinsam bewegen“ mit seiner Fußballschule. Unter professionellen Bedingungen üben die Kinder fußballerische Grundlagen und Werte wie Teamgeist und Fairness. Bei einer großen
Abschlussveranstaltung in der Volkswagen Arena können die Kinder ihren Eltern und Geschwistern am 28. August zeigen, was sie während der Camp-Woche geschaffen haben.

Anmeldungen sind möglich unter www.kidscraft-camp.de oder www.vhs-wolfsburg.de.

Anmeldefrist ist der 13.04.2015. Die Teilnahmegebühr beträgt 100 Euro.

„KIDScraft 1.0“ ist eine gemeinsame Initiative der Volkswagen AG, der Stadt Wolfsburg und dem VfL Wolfsburg.

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Women in Football: Stadium staff told to act on sexist abuse (bbc.co.uk)Stewards and safety officers are being briefed on how to spot - and tackle - sexist abuse in football stadiums.

Women in Football, which represents more than 1,200 women, has contacted all 92 Premier and Football League clubs about the issue.

Footage obtained by the BBC shows Chelsea's female medic Dr Eva Carneiro and assistant referee Helen Byrne suffering taunts at games.

Minister for Sport Helen Grant said sexism "should not be tolerated".

The Football Association has called for fans to report sexist abuse.

A WIF spokesperson added: "This is the first time that clubs have specifically been asked to focus on the issue of sexist abuse."

WIF's letter to clubs explains what should be considered sexist chanting and tells them that any incidents should be dealt with as "they would do with racism".

It asks clubs to brief stewards on how they "would be expected to respond to any such incidents".

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