Zesh Rehman receives his SRtRC Hall of Fame award from Murad Qureshi AM and Leroy Rosenior at London's City Hall.
Wednesday marked the beginning of an exciting new era for the campaign. London’s Living Room at City Hall; with its breath-taking views of Tower Bridge and surrounding area, was the setting for an evening reception hosted by Murad Qureshi, Assembly member for London, to celebrate the launch of our new office for London and the South East.
The event was attended by a specially invited audience, including ex-professional and current footballers. Two of these, Bradford City captain Zesh Rehman and ex-Newcastle and Nottingham Forest legend Frank Clark received awards and were inducted into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame for the support that they have provided to the organisation.
Murad explained why he had chosen to hold this event and support the work of the charity, stating "Recent protests by the English Defence League have shown how football can be misused to incite hatred. Show Racism the Red Card's campaign promotes the true spirit of football, which is one of respect, multiculturalism and diversity.”
Throughout the evening short films were screened and presentations given to showcase the work of the organisation and inform the audience of the inspiring new projects planned for young people in London and the South East. The new office is situated in Bedford and from this base we will be rolling out programmes of educational workshops in schools throughout the region.
The sessions will provide a safe environment for young people to learn about the issues and empower them to recognise and reject discriminatory and prejudicial ideals. Initial workshops will provide an introduction to the subject of racism; its origins, causes, and practical ways to combat it. This learning will be extended with workshops which educate against specific racisms such as prejudice towards Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Economic Migrants, Gypsy Roma Travellers and Islamophobia.
Two of the ex-professional footballers in the audience, Luther Blissett and Paul Mortimer will be actively involved in this work, delivering fun football fitness sessions alongside the workshops. The presence of ex-professional footballers and the football sessions are very powerful tools, increasing enthusiasm amongst the young people and their engagement with the issue.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card stated: “Tonight has been very important milestone for our campaign. It has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our work and the atmosphere has been electric; many people have been inspired to support the campaign which will allow us to increase the amount of young people that we are able to reach with this vital message”
We are currently recruiting for a Community Education Worker to join the team based in Bedford, more information is available here.
For more details about this or any other aspects of the work of Show Racism the Red Card, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org