It’s only the colours of our scarves that make us different.
Colours of our Scarves is a Scottish Government funded project run by Supporters Direct Scotland tackling sectarianism and inequality in sport throughout Scotland.
Between 2013 and 2015 the “Colours” programme engaged with football supporters and communities surrounding football stadiums on match days to promote equality for all and gain an insight into the perceived prevalence of sectarianism on a local and regional basis.
The issue of sectarianism in Scotland is one that has been discussed and debated, with countless attempts to address the issue seeing varying levels of success from Governments, Charitable organisations, Football clubs and independent bodies.
Sectarianism itself is a deep rooted cultural issue that dates back generations and effects society as a whole. Sectarianism has traditionally been perceived to manifest itself primarily through football supporters at football matches and football related events through language, song and actions which in some cases have led to violence and sadly even murder.
Over the period of work the project surveyed over 2400 people and delivered to more than 2000 individuals through workshops and focus groups through an engagement programme that consisted of working in partnership with SPFL football clubs, educational institutions, residents groups, schools, supporters groups and football trusts.
The objective of the programme in 2015-2016 was to work with the non-professional pillars of Scottish football promoting and delivering a message of equality, inclusion and diversity.
In doing this the “Colours” project worked with over 450 young sports coaches providing them with a better understanding and context to the routes and manifestations of intolerance and hate behaviour to provide the participants with a knowledge of what they could and should do if encountered with it in the future careers and lives.
The Colours of our Scarves project 2016/2017 has been tasked with expanding this to work with an increased number of educational institutions to provide upskilling, improved confidence and increased knowledge base for the participants specifically around the issue of equality in sport .
The project will also deliver to the SFA’s 28 schools of football providing delivery for the players and the coaching staff at each location around Scotland.
If you would like to get involved or find out more about the programme please watch the videos above or get in contact with the Project Manager.