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    In fight against discrimination, AS Roma pilots “Outraged” project

    In support of its role as the pilot club for the development and implementation of UEFA’s Football Sustainability Strategy 2030, AS Roma is spearheading a new “Outraged” educational project.

    The project is brought to life in a toolkit that includes a series of documentaries published on the UEFA.tv channel, which aim to raise awareness about different form of discrimination and how they manifest in football. Core topics include tacking sexism, homophobia, and racism, with a particular focus on what it means to play football as a refugee.

    Some of the greatest players and coaches, past and present, talk in these documentaries about their personal experiences with racism and discrimination and express their views on how best to help eradicate these issues from sport. The toolkit also provides materials and support to start conversations with young players, parents, coaches, and team staff, with the aim of developing a common understanding of discrimination and the best ways to prevent it in its many forms. 

    This project is part of the Club's sustainability strategy, which aims to inspire the next generation of fans, players and leaders by using sport as a platform to support equality, diversity, inclusion and fair play. 

    The first workshop of the project took place on Thursday 25 May at the Scientific High School inside the Trigoria sports centre, with participation of UEFA’s Presila Mpanu-Mpanu, Social & Environmental Sustainability Expert in the UEFA Social & Environmental Sustainability Division. 

    The project launch involved players from the Giallorossi U19 and U18 teams at the school. They were shown the first video, with a focus on how the world of football faces discrimination. Afterwards the students were divided into small focus groups to analyse and discuss the content of the video, with teachers acting as moderators. 

    At the start of the next school year, the “Outraged” educational project will be included in the school curriculum, involving a broader range of children in addition to the Primavera Team and U18 athletes.

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