League One Hartlepool United FC hosted a day of anti-racist education. The Pools’ defender Peter Hartley and striker Armann Bjornsson joined local football legends Olivier Bernard, Gary Bennett, John Anderson and Curtis Fleming to help Show Racism the Red Card...
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In the morning local footballing legends Gary Bennett and Curtis Fleming ran football fitness sessions at the schools. In the afternoon they travelled to Pool’s Victoria Park stadium where they enjoyed anti-racist education, viewed SRtRC’s film and then partook in a Q+A with a panel featuring 7 current and ex-professional footballers and a local Cleveland Police Community Support Officer. Pupils were invited to pose questions on racism to the panel, who offered their advice and personal stories.
A multitude of prizes for the best questions included 3 Hartlepool United FC footballs, 4 SRtRC t-shirts, 10 SRtRC mini-footballs, 4 SRtRC kits bags and 4 SRtRC wristbands. All 50 pupils then received SRtRC goodie bags and signed Hartlepool United FC and England 2010 team posters.
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 thank you to Hartlepool United FC, particularly Keith Nobbs, Peter Hartley and Armann Bjornsson for ensuring the event was such a success.
You can read more about this event in The Hartlepool Mail.