Show Racism the Red Card this year held the Schools’ Competition PrizeGiving Ceremony at Villa Park, Birmingham for the first time and it proved to be an excellent event and a superb venue.
Show Racism the Red Card this year held the Schools’ Competition PrizeGiving Ceremony at Villa Park, Birmingham for the first time and it proved to be an excellent event and a superb venue. The winners came from 22 different schools, from all around England to the Holte Suite to receive their prizes from England international & PFA ‘Young Player of the Year 2009’, Ashley Young, and America international goalkeeper Bradley Guzan, amongst other celebrity guests. Both players also play for Aston Villa FC and were on hand to meet all of the winners during the ceremony.
Also presenting prizes on the day were England Pan-Disabilities Captain, Chris Holland, Honorary Patrons, Brendon Batson, Earl Barrett, Dean Gordon, Mark Walters, Frank Clark and Dave Bennett. The event was hosted by SRtRC Education, Information & Events Worker, Laura Fleck and SRtRC Honorary Patron, Leroy Rosenior. Sponsors were also involved in handing over prizes to the young winners, as was the Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, who also closed the Ceremony with some kind words. Everyone in attendance was able to go on a tour of the stadium before the main event, which added to the excitement. Football Clubs had again been very generous with prizes for winners in their locality and in addition to prizes donated, every winner received a Show Racism the Red Card goody-bay, which included an Umbro England football, SRtRC T-Shirt and England baseball cap.
It was an excellent Prize Giving Ceremony, the Holte Suite was a great venue and the young people really enjoyed receiving the prizes from famous players, having photos taken and the tours of the Villa Park. On arrival the winners were also able to see a special welcome message on the giant electronic screens in the car parks and their names scrolling along the bottom of the display. Show Racism the Red Card covered the costs of travel for the winners and their families to the event. All of the artwork and creative writing entries sent in to the competition were on display at the event on the large exhibition boards. We were also able to screen three films that had won prizes in the ‘All Ages & Abilities Multi-Media Category’. We plan to make the exhibition available to public buildings throughout the coming year to publicise the competition and showcase the work of all the entrants.
At the Prize Giving Ceremony, it was revealed that the overall winning entry of the 2009 competition was a 3D model of a fictional racist incident, created by Amber Gavin of Ivybridge Community College, Devon. The judges couldn’t have agreed more with Amber’s message on the model “Football is best without racism shown in this model, do the right thing: Show Racism the Red Card”. As part of her prize for winning the competition overall, Amber will go on a special VIP visit to Manchester United’s training ground and also received an England shirt signed by John Terry, a trip to Lego-Land, a family stay at a Hilton Hotel and computer games courtesy of Sony. Thanks to competition sponsor the NUT, Amber’s school also receives a lap-top computer.
SRtRC would like to thank all of the young people and schools that took part in this year’s competition for all of their hard work. The campaign would also like to thank the judges of the competition for their time and the competition sponsors, The NUT, Football Foundation, One NorthEast, The PFA, The FA, UNISON and Unite – the union, for their support. We would also like to thank Aston Villa FC and the Villa Park and Active Visual Staff for their hospitality, support and access to a great venue.
Full List of 2009 Winners:
All Ages & Abilities Multi-Media Category
1st – Sajana Astavans, Daniel Mbetwa, Samuya Astavans, Ngonidzashe Mhinda, Ali Ahmadi–Jafari, Franklin Moyo, Marija Beluikevicuite, Kimberley Phiri, Emmanuel Mbetwa, Farah Almughrabi & Nyasha Shenje. Rosslyn Park Primary School, Nottingham
2nd – Monkey Class, Elmwood Infant School, Croydon
3rd – Tyler Allen, Lauren Ankers, Omphile Matswane, Will Reed,Reann Anderson, Andrea Nicole Casono, Jack Wray, Jessica James, Cotsford Junior School, Peterlee
Year 1-4 Artwork & Creative Writing Category
1st – Charlotte Pikett, Carlton Central Junior School, Nottingham
2nd – Class 10, Langley Primary, Oldbury
3rd – Safia Rofidi, St Michael’s Primary School, Louth
Year 5-7 Artwork Category
1st – Thomas Jackson & Jordan Clarke, Abbey Primary School, Nottingham
2nd – Lily Brothwood, St Edward’s Primary School, Middlesbrough
3rd – Joe Garrens & Jack Myers, Green Lane Primary School, Middlesbrough
Year 5-7 Creative Writing Category
1st – Jake Smeeton, Sedgley Park Primary School, Prestwich, Manchester
2nd – Jessica Windle, Cherry Willingham Primary School, Lincs
3rd – Matthew Reeves, Blue Coat Primary School, Durham
Year 7-9 Artwork Category
1st – Amber Gavin, Ivybridge Community College, Devon
2nd – Karis Kelly, Prestwich Arts College, Manchester
3rd – Tatiana Sobral, The Voyager School, Peterborough
Year 7-9 Creative Writing Category
1st – Louisa Danquah, Our Lady’s Convent High School, London
2nd – Courtney Grant-Davidson, Merrill College, Derby
Year 10-11 Artwork & Creative Writing Category
1st – Georgina Kirkup, Ashington High School, Northumberland
2nd – Harriet Beard, Shenley Brook End School, Milton Keynes
Special Schools Artwork & Creative Writing Category
1st – Conner Stevens, Oakfield PRU, Formby
2nd – Danny Eaton, West Kirby Residential School
3rd – Tola Okubanjo, Mark Sargeant, Luke Brereton, Janie Lee Mold
Green Fields Sports College, Northampton
Overall Winning Entry 2009
Amber Gavin, Ivybridge Community College, Devon
Prizes Generously Donated by:
Aston Villa FC, Barnet FC, Barnsley FC, Birmingham City FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Chelsea FC, Crystal Palace FC, Dagenham & Redbridge FC, Derby County FC, Everton FC, Exeter City FC, Hartlepool United FC, Hilton in the Community Foundation, Konami, Lego Land, Leyton Orient FC, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC, Middlesbrough FC, Millwall FC, Milton Keynes Dons FC, Newcastle United FC, Notts County FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Panini UK, Peterborough United FC, Scunthorpe United FC, Sheffield Wednesday FC, Sony, Southend United FC, Sunderland AFC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Tranmere Rovers FC, Walsall FC, West Bromwich Albion FC, West Ham United, Wigan Athletic FC, UEFA
Football Foundation, UNISON, NUT, PFA, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, The FA, Unite, One NorthEast, South Tyneside Council, Sunderland City Council, Gateshead Council, Durham County Council, Middlesbrough Council.