Football People week drawing competition

The first Football People Action Weeks Drawing Competition will see the winning entry featured on the cover of the Shelbourne FC matchday programme.

Primary school children aged six and up are invited to submit drawings around the theme of diversity in football.

Drawings which deal with the inclusion of ethnic minorities, women and LGBT people in football are particularly welcomed.

The winning entrant will also receive a Shelbourne FC home jersey, a Shels goodie bag and tickets to a Shels home match. The second- and third-placed entrants will also win tickets to a Shels home match.

The Football People action weeks unites supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by discrimination across the continent in a concerted effort to make discrimination a thing of the past.

What started as a minor campaign in nine countries in 2001 has now become the largest series of anti-discrimination activities in sport. In 2014, over 2,000 activities took place in 59 countries, with some of Europe’s top stars – like Didier Drogba, Gianluigi Buffon and Eric Abidal – supporting the campaign.

All UEFA Europa League, Champions League and EURO 2016 Qualifying matches took part in the campaign, reaching fans directly at the matches and millions more through television. In 2014, 24 leagues participated in the Action Weeks and 18 European FAs actively supported the initiative.

The entries will be judged by Niall Farrell, editor of the Shelbourne FC matchday programme, Lee Daly, chair of The 1895 Trust, and Rosie McCormack, graphic designer with Irish Country magazine.

Drawings should be emailed to or posted to The 1895 Trust, 17 Beaufield Avenue, Maynooth, Co. Kildare by Saturday October 10th. The winning entry will be displayed on the cover of the matchday programme for the match against Cobh Ramblers on October 17th.


  • All participants must be between the ages of 6-12 as of Saturday October 10th.
  • Entrants can use pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markers, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage.  Prints done from a lino block, wood block or any other method may also be submitted.  Computer-aided designs may not be entered.
  • The text of the theme does not have to be illustrated on your artwork. We are looking for your interpretation of the theme through your art.
  • Entries should be scanned and then emailed to If you do not have a scanner available, please post entries to the above email address.
  • Entries must be original and unaided work.
  • The Judging Panel is responsible for the allocation of awards and the decision of the Judging Panel is final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding that decision.

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