SRtRC's North East Community Education team taught their 50,000th young person this week
Show Racism the Red Card’s North East Education Team has achieved a fantastic landmark this week. A year 5 and 6 class at Barmston Village Primary School in Washington contained the 50,000th beneficiary of Show Racism the Red Card’s education work in the region.
Since 2004 the North East Community Education Team has been delivering anti-racism workshops and is currently works with young people in 8 of the region’s 12 local authority areas.
The Show Racism the Red Card campaign uses the high-profile status of football players to tackle racism in society. The football coaches deliver fun football fitness sessions with the young people while the education team delivers classroom based workshops. When the coaches conclude the fun football fitness sessions they work alongside the education team delivering the workshops and take part in and anti-racism Q&A session with the school pupils.
The former professional players who work in schools in the North East are ex-Sunderland skipper, Gary Bennett, Former Newcastle Defenders Olivier Bernard and John Anderson and Boro legends, Dean Gordon and Curtis Fleming.
North East Education Manager, Craig Bankhead, says “To have delivered workshops to 50,000 young people is an overwhelming achievement. The local authorities who support us have allowed us to deliver a programme that really works in reducing racism in society.”
Currently, the campaign is supported by Sunderland, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Councils.