Europe → Ireland


Help immigration young people through the power of the beautiful game 


Join the fight against racism and social exclusion, using the power of the beautiful game to bring people together.

Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland both have a arich 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.

During your IRELAND experience you will:

  • Play friendly soccer matches with local children in unforgettable locations.
  • Visit SARI programming in both Dublin and Belfast.
  • Participate in SARI workshops with local vulnerable young boys and girls.
  • Experience the natural beauty of Ireland and its rich cultural traditions, including visiting Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Games.
  • Attend a soccer match (*dependent on schedules).
  • Visit important historical sites like Kilmainham Gaol and the Titanic Museum.
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Experience profile




Group of Focus
Young People

Area of Focus
Racism and Social Inclusion

The natural beauty of Ireland

Soccer activities and social inclusion workshops

2017 departures

Contact for more information on group travel dates.

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Day 1

Fly out from your hometown.

Day 2

Arrive in Dublin. Welcome meeting with team. Pick up game. City tour of Dublin.

Day 3

Introduction to the third half and SARI. “Football For All” workshop.
Soccer activity with local kids. Attend professional match (*optional and additional ticket cost).

Day 4

Visit Croke Park and GAA Museum. SARI anti-discrimination football training workshop. Friendly Game at Mosney Direct Provision Centre. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 5

Sightseeing: Jeanie Johnston Tall Shop. Physical Literacy Workshop. SARI Soccernites training session.

Day 6

Transfer to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Titanic Museum tour.
Troubles tour. 
Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.

Day 7

Participation in SARI soccer activity with Glentoran Academy. Transfer back to Dublin. Free time in Dublin.

Day 8

SARI Nutrition for Sport workshop. Tour and workshop of National Stud Horse Breeding Facility. SARI Hijabs and Hat-tricks training session.

Day 9

SARI Stick with Diversity workshop. Collins barracks tour. Friendly match with Dublin Devils. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3: Racism, Religion, Gender and Discrimination in Ireland.

Day 10

Adventure Centre Activity. SARI Soccernites training.

Day 11

SARI Activity Workshop. Light training. 5 v. 5 mini soccer tournament with local kids.

Day 12

Kilmainham Gaol tour. Farewell dinner with SARI.

Day 13

Fly home. Arrive home.


  • All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included).
  • All soccer training sessions.
  • All community and educational activities.
  • All cultural and sightseeing activities.
  • Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions.
  • Water during all practices.
  • 2 – 3 soccer games against local teams.
  • Attend a local professional league or international match (*subject to availability and additional cost).
  • Full board during stay in Dublin (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Half board during stay in Belfast (breakfast and lunch or dinner)
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 24/7 Tour Supervisor
  • Cancellation and medical insurance


A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

Important reminders

  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reuseable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to travel form
  • Emergency contacts
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing.Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees).*Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.