Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland both have a rich football tradition, but also a recent history plagued by issues of racism and social exclusion for minority groups.
There has been an increase in incidents of racism in Ireland over the last decade that has been left largely unaddressed by governmental organizations. Furthermore, ethnic minorities are also underrepresented and excluded from full participation in sport.
SARI believes that sport can be a major driver for positive social change in Ireland and further afield. SARI presents sporting events that bring together people from different cultures and backgrounds, promoting intercultural dialogue and celebrating cultural diversity through education projects in schools and awareness campaigns.
Many of the children and young people SARI works with are 2nd generation immigrants with Irish accents, who go to Irish schools, and follow the national teams – they are citizens of Ireland and SARI feels that they have a responsibility towards them.