Rivals on the pitch for this weekend's Tyne & Wear Derby but united in the fight against racism
Sunderland AFC are hosting an event at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday 2nd November. Young people will have a morning of educational anti-racism workshops and in the afternoon get the chance to ask their questions on racism to Sunderland first team players. Press invites from 1.30pm via Craig Bankhead, firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo call of Sunderland players past and present at 2.45pm.
Newcastle United are hosting their event at St James' Park on Wednesday 3rd November and the day will follow a similar agenda. Again press invites can be obtained from Craig Bankhead for 1.30pm and a photo call at 2.45pm.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said, "This weekend will see one of the highlights of the season at St James' Park and we are supporting the fan's initiative to Create an Atmosphere to be Proud Of. The atmosphere will be white-hot but there is no place whatsoever for racism on or off the pitch.
"We have had fantastic support over the last 14 years from both Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United FC and this season has been no exception with both clubs backing our bid to become Football Association's Charity of the Year 2011.
"Our educational events at football clubs are one of the highlights of our work and having events at the Stadium of Light and St James' Park is always massively exciting for the young people who attend from local schools. This year events will also be attended by our football coaches: Gary Bennett, John Anderson, Dean Gordon, Curtis Fleming and Olivier Bernard.
"The Message will be: Racism has no place in our society and together we hope to produce a racist free zone."