Show Racism the Red Card visited Anfield the home of Liverpool Football Club for an event with 150 local schoolchildren.
Our Liverpool FC event and was well attended with Fabio Aurelio, Liverpool’s Brazilian international full back signing autographs for the young people who attended. Ex Liverpool legends Alan Kennedy and Howard Gayle, the club’s first ever-black player also attended. We were also joined by former LFC midfielder Michael Thomas and former Everton defender and SRtRC patron Earl Barrett.
The panel was completed by Brian Hall from Liverpool FC, Ged Grebby Chief Executive of SRtRC, Vinny Tomlinson, Chair of the Merseyside Black Police Association, Councillor Brenda Porter, Chair of Sefton Equalities Partnership Board and SRtRC’s former England Under 21 international Dean Gordon.
All youngsters attending the event were given a Liverpool FC/SRtRC goodie bag including a Liverpool poster, a magazine, match programmes, signed photo’s of Fernando Torres and Rafael Benitez, bag and stickers.
After viewing our DVD featuring top players and managers, the young people were able to ask questions of the panel on racism. Each youngster who asked a question received a SRtRC wristband. The panel answered all the questions expertly and in depth helping the children to understand the issues in more detail.
The questions were excellent and the panel handled all the questions comprehensively, the overall winner of the best question received a shirt signed by the current Liverpool FC first team squad, very generously donated by Brian Hall.
All the players showed their support for the campaign and spent time talking to the children and guests after the event as well as holding an autograph and photograph session, which proved very popular.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Liverpool FC and in particular Brian Hall, Sue Griffiths and Rakesh Daryanani for organising the event. Sincere thanks also to the panel for taking the time to come along and contribute to the success of the event.
Finally thank you to Liverpool First, Liverpool City Council and Sefton Equalities Partnership for their continued sponsorship and support for our campaign.