Show Racism the RED Card held their last club event at Ninian Park which was attended by over 130 people and was covered by African sports channel G Sports for viewers in Africa.
With the club moving to the new stadium from next season, it was an extra special event for school children from Barry comprehensive, Bryn Hafren, Gwenfo and Rhws primary schools.
The panel assembled included the Minister for Sport and Heritage Alun Fred Jones, Cardiff City players Jay Bothroyd and Gabor Gyepes, SRTRC patrons Leroy Rosenior and Gary Bennett, the event was chaired by Sanjiv Vedi from the campaign steering group.
During the event, poems were read out by youngsters from Riverside Warehouse, a youth club in Cardiff, the poems were all about racism and had personal experiences reflected in the poetry.
Our new campaign DVD was officially launched for the first time at the event and the screening was warmly received by the audience.
After being shown the DVD, our guest speaker, Minister Alun Fred Jones acknowledged the work of the campaign and urged the young people to take away positive messages from the event, he endorsed the support of the Welsh Assembly Government towards the campaign and its aims.
This was then followed by a Question and Answer session with the young audience asking the panel questions on racism in football and in society. The panel gave responses putting across the anti racism message to the many questions provided by pupils and explaining to the children the reasons why such behaviour is wrong and what the children can do to stop it. They also advised them on how to deal with racism if they or anyone experienced it.
Other points made by the panel included how players learn about different cultures through football and how racism is more common in other parts of Europe as highlighted on our DVD.
Jay Bothroyd highlighted his problems while growing up as a child in school and within football.
After watching the campaign DVD and hearing from the panel, prizes, which included a Cardiff City signed shirt and match tickets to a Cardiff City home game, were given out by the Minister Alun Fred Jones to three pupils that asked the best questions to the panel.
The event was a huge success with the children leaving with positive messages and having enjoyed the occasion.
SRTRC would like to thank Cardiff City FC, Minister Alun Fred Jones, Riverside Warehouse and the schools for participating in the event.