Show Racism the Red Card's third event with Yeovil Town FC was also the third event that was supported by Somerset County Council.
When Show Racism the Red Card expanded its programme of events with football clubs in England in 2007, one of the clubs which came on board that year was Yeovil Town FC.
The Somerset County Council partnership has yielded some tremendously positive events, which have been widely participated in by young people from local schools.
This year, for the first time, the club hosted a full day event for young people from local Primary Schools. Around 100 young people enjoyed workshops from SRtRC, Somerset County REC and a ground tour of Huish Park, before taking part in the usual format event in the afternoon. SRtRC’s anti-racism workshop was delivered to Year 5 and Year 6 pupils by Community Education Worker, Conrad Franks, and SRtRC Honorary Patron and former West Ham, Fulham and QPR star, Leroy Rosenior. All of the morning’s workshops were interesting and paved the way for some good questions in the afternoon’s Q&A.
Joining the panel for the afternoon’s event were three Yeovil Town players, Terrell Forbes, Gavin Tomlin and Lee Peltier. Along with Leroy and Councillor David Greene, who is the Equalities Champion at Somerset County Council, the players were able to field some great questions following a screening of the SRtRC DVD. Cllr. Greene had spoken briefly by way of introduction to the afternoon and then the film was screened. The young people reacted well to the film and even answered a few questions on its content from the panel following the screening.
The best questions of the day were able to get some signed SRtRC T-Shirts, a Yeovil Town mug courtesy of the YTFC Supporters Association, some History of YTFC books, courtesy of the club and for the very best question, a Yeovil Town FC match ball. The event received some good coverage on the club’s official website both before and after the event and on local radio.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Somerset County Council and Yeovil Town FC for their ongoing support and in particular to Zoe Larder at the Council and Adrian Hopper at the football club for their hard work in ensuring the event was a success.