Northamptonshire FA hosted a Remembering Srebrenica event on Sunday 14 July, with teams from all over the county coming together to participate and help promote inclusion through the power of football.
Partnered with The Football Association, the event took place at Moulton Football Club as both men’s and women’s teams faced off in a series of 20 minute matches throughout the afternoon. The winning team were then recognised with a short presentation.
The event allowed groups to pay tribute to the memory of the 8,000 Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, who were killed in the genocide in 1995, whilst also promoting awareness of diversity and positively challenging hate and prejudice.
This was the key reason behind Northamptonshire FA and its Inclusion Advisory Group’s decision to run the event - to bring people from all communities together to celebrate tolerance and inclusion towards one another.
Within the bar area at Moulton Road FC there were numerous boards telling the story of the terrible tragedy in 1995, alongside information about the work that takes place to ensure it is remembered and learned from.
Before the football began there was a short speech, as well as a minute’s silence to remember the victims of Srebrenica.
Ian Tinto, Head of Football Development at Northamptonshire FA, highlighted the importance of the event to allow football in the county to be accessible for all.
He said: “It’s great that we can promote inclusion and diversity within football locally through events like Remember Srebrenica. The challenging of hatred and exclusion is key to making our game accessible to all and we hope this will be the first of many events celebrating diversity within our county.”
To find out how The FA and County FAs tackle discrimination within football, please CLICK HERE.
Alternatively, please CLICK HERE to learn more about Remembering Srebrenica’s work.