SRtRC followed up 2008’s highly successful all day event with Tranmere Rovers FC with another great day for young people from local schools at Prenton Park.
In the morning the 90 school pupils were treated to a carousel of workshops from SRtRC, Tranmere Rovers FC Study Support Centre, and the club's Football in the Community department. SRtRC ran an anti-racism workshop based around some of the activities used by the Education team in North East schools, this was facilitated by Laura Fleck; Tranmere Rovers FC Study Support Centre’s workshop included a screening of the new SRtRC DVD and a quiz based around the film; while the Football in the Community department conducted football training sessions on the 'Playing for Success' indoor pitch.
The morning’s sessions were greatly enjoyed by all the young people, and they were able to take a well earned break to eat their packed lunches before participating in the main Show Racism the Red Card event in the afternoon. The session was held in the John Aldridge Suite where a fantastic panel took questions from the young people. Shaun Garnett, the reserve and Youth Team coach, brought along three of the Youth Team players - Josh McCauley, Jack MacKreth and Alex Pursehouse - and Tranmere Rovers FC first team players Ian Goodison, Chris Greenacre and Danny Coyne also joined the panel, which was completed by SRtRC Honorary Patron and former England International, Earl Barrett.
Before the Q&A began, the audience and the players were able to see a special screening of the winning entry from the SRtRC Anti-Racist School Competition 2008. This was screened with an introduction to encourage the five primary schools in attendance to take part in the 2009 competition, by showcasing the type of entry that could be made. The anti-racist message of the short animated piece also reiterated the anti-racist message heard in the other sessions during the day. The Question and Answer session that followed contained some really good questions and SRtRC had provided T-Shirts which the panel signed for the winners of the best questions, while Tranmere Rovers provided some match tickets for a forthcoming home game for the very best question. The best questions of the day were:
- What would you do if a team-mate suffered from racism? (Liam)
- What does racism prove? (Jordan)
- What more can you do to stop racism? (Eve)
This event could not have gone ahead without the support and participation of Tranmere Rovers FC, TRFC Study Support Centre and Football in the Community. SRtRC would like to thank all who attended on the day, but in particular Deborah McNally, Andy Heywood, Gill Fogg and Julie Simons for all of their help in organising this event. SRtRC look forward to working with Tranmere Rovers FC further in the future.