fairplay Initiative

fairplay at the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) is the initiative for diversity and anti-discrimination in sport. The initiative was founded in 1997 as part of the European Year against Racism.

The thematic focus is on anti-discrimination and diversity, social inclusion, human rights and development and prevention of extremism.

Mission Statement

We use sport to advocate for diversity, anti-discrimination, inclusion and human rights and to prevent extremism. Our aim is to create a sporting culture free from exclusion and based on solidarity and sustainability. We carry out campaigning and educational work, show positive strategies for clubs & initiatives and support marginalised groups in their active and equal participation in sport.

Goals of the fairplay initiative

  • Strengthening public awareness by initiating a broad and media-effective commitment to diversity and against discrimination;
  • Creating an awareness of the problem in the football and sports community (officials, players, coaches, fans and sports journalists) for anti-racist and anti-discriminatory content;
  • Promoting a differentiated reflection on the phenomenon of sport, especially football, on a national and international expert level and thus pointing out positive strategies against open and everyday discrimination inside and outside football stadiums and other sports facilities;
  • Supporting marginalised groups (migrants, young people, fans) in their active participation.

The fairplay initiative is funded by the Austrian Ministry of Sport, the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA), the European Commission within the framework of the ERASMUS+ Sport Programme, the City of Vienna and supported by UEFA.