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  • Social Charter - Matchday Visits

    Matchday Visits 

    Celtic's Match Day Visit programme  targets three areas of our Social Charter.

    Any  group sharing our ideas in challenging bigotry and racism can be invited to participate in our activities on Match Days.

    The three areas are challenging bigotry, promoting involvement in football of ethnic minorities and working with groups to assist social integration

    Challenging bigotry

    Celtic together with the Education Department of Glasgow City Council have produced a set of materials Youth Against Bigotry which permit schools, teachers and pupils to begin to tackle issues around sectarianism. Schools can enter into our Award scheme in this area and in June of each year the best projects are invited to Celtic Park to receive our thanks for their participation. Work in this area in line with our opposition to bigotry permits schools or classes to be invited to the Match Day Visits which take place at all our home league games.

    The Match Day Visits  are for parties of around 25 usually made up of two groups who arrive at Celtic Park around two and a half hours before kick off. The day includes a video about Celtic's history, a presentation about Celtic's opposition to bigotry, a brief tour of the stadium and Boardroom, a snack in the Celtic Suite and a chance to meet a player as well as a ticket for the game. Hundreds of schools have now come along and many teachers make the point that the message of anti-sectarianism and opposition to bigotry is more effectively delivered in Celtic Park than  in the classroom. Schools, primary, secondary and special, youth groups and community groups have all come along to Match Day Visits. As well as young people we have invited along the Education Committee of the Scottish Parliament, Education Convenors, the Catholic Education Commission, the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum, Scottish Business in the Community.

    Promoting the involvement in football of ethnic minorities 

    The other groups to visit are from the ethnic minorities with integrated groups from the City Council's Cultural and Leisure Services. Our aim is to promote the involvement of such groups in football in Scotland. There is a clear parallel with Celtic's roots here and the story of an ethnic minority utilising sport as a way of making its mark in Scottish society.  We have invited representatives from Kick Racism out of Football, the SASA football team, victims of racist harassment within Celtic Park and beyond, the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland.  Celtic has also invited parents and children from asylum seeking families to Celtic Park. The people who founded Celtic were among those who left Ireland  seeking refuge from famine.

    Promoting social integration in Ireland 

    The third group to participate in Match Day Visits are from Ireland. The Match Day programme is open to groups who are seeking to promote social integration in Ireland among different communities. A wide range of groups have visited Celtic Park through their work in this area. The St Malachy's and Ardnaveigh  Girls Football Team, the Mavericks Club, Survivors of Trauma, the New Horizons Programme, Celtic Rangers Football Club and also a Celtic Supporters Club from Belfast who worked on some of the Youth Against Bigotry materials with young Celtic Supporters have all come to Celtic Park as a reward for their work in this area.

    If your group shares Celtic's aims in this area why not see if your work will get you along to our Match Day Visit programme? Contact:

    Match Day Visit Programme
    PR Department
    Celtic FC
    Celtic Park
    Glasgow
    G40 3RE