Young people from Croydon come together to Show Racism the Red Card
Over 140 young people visited Selhurst Park to learn about racism from a panel of special guests - including their footballing heroes Nathaniel Clyne, Allasane N'Diaye and former Palace legend Dean Gordon, now a coach with SRtRC.
Cllr Lynne Hale, Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities, attended and spoke to open the event. She said afterwards:
"I thought it was an excellent event and I was really impressed with the way the children were engaged right from the start. It was good to see them have the opportunity to explore their own thoughts and consider the opinions of others".
The young people enjoyed an interactive workshop session exploring what racism is, how hurtful it can be, and what they can do to get rid of racism. They were treated to a film screening of the Show Racism the Red Card DVD, featuring top footballers sharing their experiences of racism, giving their advice on what to do if you receive racism and how to stop it.
The highlight of the afternoon was the opportunity for the young people to ask questions to a distinguished panel of special guests. Two current Palace players, Nathaniel Clyne and Allasane N'Diaye joined former professionals Dean Gordon, Luther Blissett and George Parris.
The people demonstrated their learning and understanding by asking some extremely thought-provoking questions to the panellists during the lively discussion. The people who asked three best questions of the afternoon were awarded with some SRtRC goodies and an opportunity to have their photos taken with the players.
Show Racism the Red Card had a fantastic afternoon and would like to thank to schools for their enthusiasm on the day. Huge thanks also to Becky Saunders and her team from Croydon Council for their sponsorship and support of the event and to Kevin Miller from Crystal Palace for all of his work in making this event possible.