The Quakers were hosts to a day of anti-racist education with local school pupils.
League 2 Darlington FC were hosts to a day of anti-racist education. The Quakers' players joined local football legends Olivier Bernard, John Anderson, Curtis Fleming, Dean Gordon and Craig Hignett to help combat racism amd promote tolerance.
70 pupils from three Darlington and Durham primary schools attended the educational day situated at the impressive Darlington FC Arena. During the morning the pupils enjoyed a carousel of 3 workshops. Firstly, they engaged in an anti-racist educational session exploring and addressing common racial stereotypes and misconceptions. Secondly, they played GloBingo with the ex-professional footballers, a fun activity that examines and embeds ideas of multiculturism. Finally, they were led on an exciting tour around the modern ground which boasts a potential capacity of 25,000.
During the afternoon the pupils viewed SRtRC's anti-racist educational DVD. They partook in a Q&A with a panel featuring 8 current and ex-professional footballers. Pupils were invited to pose questions on racism to the footballers who offered their advice and personal stories. A multitude of prizes for the best questions included a signed Darlington FC shirt, a signed England shirt, 4 SRtRC t-shirts, 10 SRtRC mini-footballs, 4 SRtRC kit bags and 4 SRtRC wristbands. All 70 pupils received goodie bags and signed England 2010 team posters.
The schools in attendance were Firthmoor Primary, St Aiden's Primary and St Joseph's Primary. The day was a complete success, combining both a comprehensive education based around tolerance and anti-racism, and a thrilling and memorable day involving a multitude of high profile footballers. SRtRC would like to say a huge thankyou to Darlington FC, particularly Kevin Stonehouse and all the players and staff in attendance that ensured the event was such a success.