SRtRC team up with Carlisle United to run an all-day educational event for Year 5&6 pupils
Show Racism the Red Card teamed up with Carlisle United Football in the Community, Cumbria Police and Carlisle United FC to hold an all day event for 90 young people from Carlisle schools at Brunton Park. The Year 5&6 pupils were able to participate in a carousel of workshops from the partners in the morning, SRtRC delivered a workshop on racism including activities on stereotypes and defining racism, Cumbria Police Diversity Officers Julie Dodd and Eric Field delivered a workshop on Hate Crime and Carlisle United FITC department ran a fun football workshop on the indoor pitch. All of the young people in attendance were able to participate in each workshop.
In the afternoon the audience watched a screening of the SRtRC DVD and then had the opportunity to put questions to a panel that included two of the current Carlisle United players Jason Price and Peter Murphy, SRtRC football coaches and former professional footballers Gary Bennett and John Anderson, Julie Dodd and Eric Field of Cumbria Police and SRtRC Community Education Worker, Laura Pidcock. There were some excellent questions from the young people and the panel’s favourite three questions were rewarded with SRtRC kit bags, which included T-Shirts, which the players were happy to sign. All of the young people were able to take home a goody bag containing a copy of the new SRtRC / Carlisle United poster signed by Jason and Peter and other resources.
The event attracted some good publicity before and after the event with coverage in both the local newspaper (News & Star) and on local radio. The radio coverage featured interviews with both Gary and John about the event and the work of the campaign.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Carlisle United for hosting the event and particularly John Halpin and the FITC department at the club for all their help in organising it. Big thanks to the schools for attending, Julie Dodd and Eric Field of Cumbria Police for their help and support and the SRtRC staff involved in delivery on the day.