Show Racism the Red Card Scotland receives generous donation from First Scottish

Show Racism the Red Card Scotland is delighted to announce the  phenomenal support we have received from First Scottish based in Fife.

After significant funding cuts in Scotland, the Scottish team are so grateful to Ian Fraser and the team at First Scottish for their generous donation. The Scottish team has been striving to source additional funding to help us to continue the much needed Educational work we do across the country in the face of rising racism and the support given by Ian and his team has been invaluable.

A heartfelt thank you from the Scottish team to First Scottish.

SRtRC Scotland statement - Shay Logan

Following reports that Aberdeen FC player, Shay Logan, had experienced racist comments after he was sent off in the aftermath of Aberdeen’s game at Parkhead on the final day of the football season and subsequent press coverage, Show Racism the Red Card release the following statement.

“We fully support Shay Logan and will be asking the SPFL to investigate any claims of racism reported to the league.

“There is NO excuse for racism and we are sure the vast majority of football fans would agree it is something no player should experience.

"Show Racism the Red Card would offer support to anyone who may have experienced racist abuse. There is no place for it in Scottish Society or Scottish Football. All allegations of racism should be fully investigated by the relevant authorities and if proven, action should be taken.

“Celtic FC is a long-term supporter of the SRtRC campaign, helping educate young people from schools in the area about racism and discrimination and we look forward to continuing this work over the 2018/19 season.

"Any complaints of racism made to Celtic Football Club will be fully investigated."

Jack Ross, Sunderland AFC manager, is latest SRtRC Honorary Patron

Jack Ross has agreed to join Show Racism the Red Card's Honorary Patrons list. The new Sunderland AFC manager has been a long-term supporter of the campaign during his time as a player and manager.

Jack said "I am delighted to become a patron of Show Racism the Red Card. I have been a supporter of the charity for many years up in Scotland and I am proud to know that Sunderland AFC were one of the three founding clubs of the campaign back in 1996. As manager of Sunderland AFC I will be encouraging my players to help the charity whenever possible."

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Jack played for clubs including Clyde FC, Hartlepool United FC, Falkirk FC and St Mirren FC and managed at Alloa Athletic FC and St Mirren FC before joining Sunderland AFC in May.

Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief Executive said "Show Racism the Red Card is pleased to welcome Jack Ross, the new manager of Sunderland AFC as our latest patron. Jack has been a great supporter of SRtRC Scotland for many years now and will be a welcome addition to our patrons in England. We wish Jack and SAFC all the best for the new season."

SRtRC attend NEU Young Teachers' Conference

The national NEU Young Teachers' Conference was held on 22nd-24th June at the Slate and Scarmen Conference venue at Warwick University.

The conference gives young teachers a chance to discuss the issues they face and work out practical solutions. It provides them with the opportunity to meet and network with other young teachers from across England and Wales. The event aim to support young teachers already active in the union and to encourage others to become active through workshops, exhibitions, plenaries, CPD, TeachMeets, theatre and fun.

Teachers and the NEU General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, took time out to support Show Racism the Red Card's 'Wear Red Day' 2018. We are grateful for the support shown by the NEU and it's members and were pleased to be present at the conference. 

 NEU General Secretary, Kevin Courtney. Photo by Kois Miah

NEU General Secretary, Kevin Courtney. Photo by Kois Miah

MPs support Wear Red Day 2018

Show Racism the Red Card was pleased to receive the support of MPs from across the house for Wear Red Day 2018. A photo-call was held on Monday 25th June to promote the annual fundraising day, which this year takes place on October 5th in Scotland and October 19th in England and Wales.

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Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief Executive said, "Show Racism the Red Card's All-Party Parliamentary Group organised an excellent photo-call of MPs on Monday 25th June in support of Wear Red Day 2018.

"This October will mark the fourth year of Wear Red Day, which is growing in schools, organisations and individuals participating year on year. People wear red for the day to show solidarity with our campaign against racism and make a donation towards SRtRC's education work. A big thank you to all the MPs who took time out to show their support for Wear Red Day."

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Whitley Bay FC FOOTBALL TALK-IN

Show Racism the Red Card and Whitley Bay FC are coming together for a fundraising event with John Beresford.

The event will be hosted by Lee Ryder (Chief Sports Writer The Chronicle).

The event will be held on Thursday 6th September 2018 from 7 to 7.30pm at the Seahorse Bar, Whitley Bay

If you want to be involved, tickets can be purchased for £10 through Whitley bay FC by contacting them.

 

Ged Grebby (CEO of Show Racism the Red Card) said: 

"Thanks to John Beresford for agreeing to do this “talk-in” with Whitley Bay Football Club (WBFC).  This is the second event we have held with WBFC in the last year and we look forward to a good evening of entertainment."

 

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May Monthly Round-up: England

The Education teams in England worked to collectively deliver a series of informative, creative workshops and events during May 2018. 

46 workshops

92 hours of workshop activities, excluding assemblies and fun fitness sessions

1420 young people participated

11 Primary schools   

2 Secondary schools

1 College 

In the North East, the Education team delivered 22 workshops, over 44 hours, to a total of 693 school students, across the region in 5 Primary schools and 1 Secondary school.

In addition, the team delivered an entire programme of Promoting Equality & Tackling Inequality in the Workplace training in partnership with Darlington Borough Council. 160 members of staff from the Council's Civils Team recieved training across 6 sessions throughout the month.

The team also delivered anti-racism education training to 15 adults as part of a Northern UNISON Branch Development meeting. The training was provided as part of a longstanding funding agreement with Northern UNISON. 

At the end of the month, the Education Team delivered anti-racism education training to 30 members of Humberside Police. The training was designed to support officers to deliver anti-racism education in a variety of settings using SRtRC's model and resources. 

In the Southern Region, the Education team delivered 24 workshops, over 48 hours, to a total of 727 young people, across the South Region in 6 Primary schools, 1 Secondary School and 1 College.

 

Here are some of the testimonies from our visits:

 

"Just wanted to give some quick feedback about the SRtRC workshops this week.

Staff and pupils all felt it was fantastic - particularly in years 5&6. Kevin, Francis & Lionel were outstanding yesterday, the pupils were in awe listening to them and the topics inspired debate amongst the staff as well as pupils. 

The Year 4 sessions were good, Shona and her colleague (sorry can't recall her name!) were inspiring and led the sessions well, although the teachers felt there was bit too much sitting still for the younger pupils.

In all, we were really pleased so please pass on our thanks to everyone involved."

 - Iver Heath Junior School

 

"I thought it was a BRILLIANT day out, one of the best I’ve been on. The ladies who took the session were excellent and got people involved, and they gave me some excellent ideas for future training / presentations to school kids, and in the car on the way back the three of us were discussing everything we had done."

PCSO, Humberside Police

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Celtic FC Show Racism the Red Card

The Show Racism the Red Card team were delighted to be able to visit Celtic FC on Friday 8th June to deliver an anti-racism educational event with local pupils from Quarry Brae Primary and St Anne’s Primary

The event was the final day of a programme of anti-racism workshops that the young people had been participating in. Prior to the day at Celtic Park the SRtRC education team had visited Quarry Brae Primary and St Anne’s Primary to deliver 3 separate workshops to each school looking at what racism is, why people move around the world and Islamophobia, and how to safely challenge racism.

The event at Celtic FC brought the young people together to celebrate the work they had being doing in class and to learn how to effectively challenge racism. The young people also received a workshop on campaigning against racism by Sarah Wiktorski from the STUC. The young people were also treated to a tour of the stadium.

After a packed morning the young people then had the opportunity to act as media journalists as part of a role play activity and posed some tough questions to a guest panel.

The panel consisted of Josephine Giard, Chloe Craig and Colette Cavanagh who all play for Celtic WFC. They were joined by Sarah Wiktorski from the STUC and Show Racism the Red Card coach and ex – professional football player Michael Weir.

Nicola Hay Campaign Manager, Show Racism the Red Card, said:

“The dangers of racism are significant and education is vital in order that young people can recognise these and other forms of discrimination and be equipped to safely challenge them as they grow and develop. We are also thrilled that Celtic FC Women's First Team stood with us to highlight the intersectional nature of inequality.

“Schools in the area are very keen to engage with the campaign and the young people we have worked with are very positive about it.

“Celtic FC are strong supporters of the campaign and it is great to be able to bring local pupils along to their local stadium to learn about anti-racism and gender equality with strong role models.”