The Scottish Youth Football Association and Show Racism the Red Card have teamed up to launch a nationwide program of anti-racism workshops.
The joint venture will run the grassroots volunteer education program with the Scottish Football Partnership Trust funding the project.
The workshops will take place across Scotland and will initially be available to SYFA registered child welfare and protection officers.
Each club working under the association is required to have at least one CWPO at all times.
The sessions – which will begin with a workshop in Hampden Park on Tuesday 25 October at 7pm – will focus on the causes and consequences of racism, the forms it can take and how to safely tackle discrimination in the football community and in society in general.
Another key objective of the project will be to educate participants on how to report hate incidents to the relevant authorities.
Other course dates and locations will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Florence Witherow from SYFA said: “As an organization we wholeheartedly believe in the power of football to break down barriers and foster inclusion in society.
“We see examples of this every week when young people from different backgrounds come together to train and play together on pitches across Scotland.
“Unfortunately, among the positive and inspiring stories, we are seeing a marked increase in the number of racist incidents at matches involving our member clubs. These incidents are happening both on and off the pitch.
“As such, we recognize the importance of taking action and believe that education is the first step in combating discrimination, where and how it manifests.
“We are extremely grateful to both the Scottish Football Partnership Trust and Show Racism the Red Card for their support of this project.
“As well as learning key skills to foster respectful relationships and club cultures, we hope those who attend these workshops will become champions within their community.
“We hope they feel empowered to help welcome and include all people, regardless of ethnicity, religion, culture or nationality.”
Chris Priestley of Show Racism the Red Card said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this project with SYFA and to share their belief in the importance of active anti-racism.
“We are also very encouraged that so many club officials will have this opportunity to improve their awareness and expertise.
“As the UK’s leading anti-racism education charity, we believe that lifelong learning on this topic is key to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture in clubs, in the game as a whole and throughout Scotland.
“We are all eager and excited for the project to begin and encourage all CWPOs to register for a workshop near them.”