Continuous education is important in all professions and for a range of professionals. It can certainly be beneficial for learning and developing skills on dealing with situations that go beyond basic training.
An online platform on tackling racism in sports, and specifically football, that has been developed by the project TACKLE, and has now been officially launched for the education of football coaches and sports professionals.
The free online platform provides immediate access to various resources for trainers and coaches at the grassroots level of football who want to advance their knowledge and abilities in inclusive strategies.
The Professional Development course offers a comprehensive learning resource to educate, inform, guide, and empower football coaches and professionals so that they are in a position to prevent, address, or mitigate incidents of racism by and towards their players.
In addition, the Toolkit consists of ready-to-use material, including lesson plans and good practices to support the organisation and implementation of educational activities that foster inclusion, respect, and diversity.
At a national level, the open educational resources have been tested with twenty experts in the field, who demonstrated a great interest in sharing their experiences, exchanging good practices and making suggestions regarding the material.
We hope that these resources will continue to inspire those with the vision of making football a more inclusive and welcoming sport for everyone. You can access the platform here.
TACKLE is a project implemented by a consortium of highly experienced organizations and institutions that wishes to raise awareness about racism in grassroot football and contribute to addressing such incidents and their effects to players, teams and all people involved. It is implemented by UEFA foundation for Children, CARDET, Fare network, Institute of Development, KMOP, Spectrum Research Centre and the University of Pitești.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. [Project Number: 622561-EPP-1-2020-1-CY-SPO-SCP]