Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity established in 1996. We work in schools throughout England delivering anti-racism workshops to more than 20,000 young people every year and in many local authority areas we are funded to do this free of charge.
Our team of educators and ex-professional football players can visit your school for a whole day educating young people from year 4 up to year 13 against racism.
- To educate young people about the causes and consequences of racism and to explore the various forms racism can take.
- To empower young people to challenge racism in the communities in which they live, providing them with relevant knowledge and information to enable them to do this.
- To help young people prepare to play an active role as citizens in an increasingly multi-cultural society.
- To enable young people to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people, regardless of their ethnicity, faith, culture or nationality.
Our DVD and guidance are sent to the school ahead of the visit to allow students to undertake preparatory activities. Schools also return a pro-forma to highlight any particular issues that they wish to be covered.
Our workshops are fully participatory and interactive. Students take part in a range of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities designed to build empathy and understanding and to encourage discussion and critical thinking. Participants work independently and in groups to fully explore the issues. Initial workshops provide an introduction to the subject of racism. We also deliver workshops which educate against prejudice towards Asylum Seekers and Refugees, people from Gypsy, Roma and Travelling communities and Islamophobia.
‘Football and Fitness’ sessions are delivered alongside the classroom workshops by ex-professional footballers. The sessions take place in mixed groups with an emphasis on teamwork and supporting each other. Young people wear Show Racism the Red Card bibs and prizes are given out for enthusiasm and participation. We have found that the football sessions and presence of ex-professional footballers increases the enjoyment and participation of the young people and their engagement with the anti-racism message.
The team can also deliver a closing assembly which includes a question and answer session with the Show Racism the Red Card football coaches and Education Workers; this helps consolidate learning and leaves pupils empowered and ready to take action.
Our coaches are:
Former Sunderland Captain Gary Bennett
Ex-Newcastle and Republic of Ireland international John Anderson
Ex-Newcastle United defender Olivier Bernard
Ex-Leicester City player Trevor Benjamin
Former England international, AC Milan and Watford striker Luther Blissett
Former England Under 21, Charlton and Aston Villa midfielder Paul Mortimer
Former Charlton and Southend defender Osei Sankofa
Former Watford, Norwich and Wycombe player Clint Easton.
Copies of our DVDs and Education packs are left with the school to allow teachers to continue working around the theme of combating racism and racist bullying. The education pack contains 21 pages of activities and discussion points proven to stimulate debate and promote understanding, complete with learning outcomes, age group suitability and curriculum links.
Show Racism the Red Card aims to empower people with accurate information and knowledge enabling them to tackle racism and challenge racist attitudes. The impact of this message on pupils can be compromised if teachers and school staff are not themselves, fully informed and confident dealing with these issues. In addition to our direct work with young people we are able to offer teacher training, either full day inset or twilight sessions.
The facilitators create a safe and supportive environment for teachers and school staff to express concerns and receive coaching and support in challenging racism.
We are funded to deliver workshops for free in most of the North East’s schools and many schools in London and the East and South East of England. Please complete the below form for more information on which areas can access the service for free and to book a workshop for your school.
You can also call 0191 257 6200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries and bookings in the North of England or 01234 219 481 or email email@example.com for all enquiries and bookings for London, East & South East England.
As our workshops involve participation and discussion we prefer to work with individual classes and visit a school for a whole day; however we are happy to speak at a whole school assembly in addition to this if appropriate.
If your school is in a local authority area which doesn’t fund our service, a full-day working with up to 3 classes of young people is £540 (excluding travel). For this price each school will receive:
- Show Racism the Red Card workshops
- Fun football fitness sessions delivered by ex-professional footballers
- Football team posters, magazines and stickers for each pupil
- A DVD and education pack
This format is flexible as we look to tailor our work to the needs of the school, please contact us to discuss your requirements. Read what other schools have had to say about our workshops in the workshop testimonials page.
Our work with schools in North East England was also subject to an external evaluation in 2009. Read the full evaluation.
A short film highlighting the work undertaken by Show Racism the Red Card is available on our YouTube channel.
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