Show Racism the RED Card held their Wales Awards Ceremony 2010 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
“We are looking for some really creative entries that tie in with our core objective about combating racism in society. Next year will see some fresh new categories including a prize for the best Classroom Display and a Song/Dance category alongside classics such as the Welsh Language and Poetry category. We are all very excited and are looking forward to next year already!”
Simon Richards, Show Racism the RED Card Education Co-ordinator.
143 schools registered for the competition this year, a massive 50% increase from last year, and over 2000 pupils entered from Primary and Secondary Schools all over Wales.
This year saw the competition include 8 categories, individual school year Groups between 1-11, Poetry, Welsh Language and the new Video / Media category.
There were individual, group and even class entries with the standard of the competition higher than ever, the judges had an extremely difficult job of deciding prizes winners.
Prize winners were invited to the stadium to receive their awards which included; Wales international and club rugby and football tickets, the opportunity to watch Wales’s international squads training, signed football/rugby balls and tops.
The overall winner also won a laptop for their school and the opportunity to see Manchester United train at Old Trafford and to meet the players.
The atmosphere on the day was electric. All the children, teachers and parents were excited about seeing all the entries, receiving their prizes and meeting the players presenting the awards which included; Colin Charvis (Newport Gwent Dragons), Christian Roberts (Ex Cardiff City), Leroy Rosenior (ex West Ham), Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff City FC) and Ally McKenzie (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Special guests from Local Authorities, Organisations, Patrons, supporters of the campaign and the players give out the awards during the event.
There was some fantastic entertainment from the very talented Bhangra Singer Bobby Singh and Dance Group ‘The Shorty Souljers’ from Corpus Christi high school in Cardiff.
All the children were thrilled with their prizes and found themselves face to face with their favourite sports stars for photos and autograph opportunities.
All of this was followed by a ground tour of the Millennium Stadium for everyone involved.
The team at Show racism the RED Card Wales received some excellent feedback proving this year to be the most successful to date:
“Congratulations on the best Awards event ever! It was really superb”
“Thank you all for the wonderful occasion on Thursday at the Millennium Stadium…I enjoyed it very much… You’re doing a great job, keep it up!”
“The event was really well run and thought through. Congratulations to the whole team. It was very impressive and I will be looking to see how my school may be involved next year”
“Thank you so much for a fab afternoon. The children and staff enjoyed it but more importantly, they enjoyed making the DVD and working together to get the finished result for the competition. Show Racism the Red Card is such a good organisation and we are happy to work with you and your colleagues to combat racism”
The overall winner for the Schools Competition 2010 was Rose Wilcox, Ffion Blunsdon and Lauren Birch-Hurst from Evenlode Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan. Their entry (pictured) was for the Video / Media Category and the judges felt that this team of 3 approached the subject in a humorous and innovative manor, creating a clever well thought out animation.
You can view the Overall winners entry by clicking HERE
For more information about entering the Schools Competition 2011, contact Clare on: firstname.lastname@example.org