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The Scottish Football Association’s Equity Project

16th October 2013

Celebrating Cultural Heritage & Active Citizenship through Football

The Scottish Football Association’s Equity Project organized a national event aimed at promoting equal participation in football among the diverse communities to foster community cohesion and participation. The event was planned to empower and enable diverse Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community groups to be part of a multicultural football celebration that culminated in a show piece festival.


  • The promotion of cultural heritage and equality 
  • Promoting active citizenship and participation of diverse community groups in football activities
  • Encouraging ethnic minorities to become more active in civic life 
  • Changing attitudes of Black and Minority Ethnic and wider society about participation in football

The Multicultural Football Festival brought together a wide range of ethnicities and backgrounds through football. The Scottish Football Association worked with its partner BEMIS to organize the first event of its kind in Scotland in order to help to break down the barriers people from a BME background face when trying to participate in football.

The event was held at Lesser Hampden Football Facility in Glasgow. Over 160 participants were involved with more than 15 ethnicities ranging from Scottish, Iranian, Arab, Roma, African, Asian, Afghani, Irish, Estonian, Italian, Pakistani and Egyptian to name but a few. Of the teams taking part there were 16 male teams with 10 players on each team. There was also a girls’ football game in which 14 players from BME backgrounds took part, some of whom played for the very first time. In order to engage with the older generation of the BME community a

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