Local school children enjoyed a full day of activities and anti-racism education at the Deepdale Stadium
Young people from English Martyrs, St Gregory's and Deepdale Juniors spent the day at Preston North End FC for a fantastic day of activities and educational workshops. They also had the opportunity to meet four current PNE players and pose their questions about racism.
The young people enjoyed a "Show Racism the Red Card" workshop, where they took part in an activity about sterotyping, learning that you "can't judge a book by its cover!" In the second workshop they had the chance to get creative and design a poster with the theme of anti-racism. They were also treated to a grounds tour - all in all an excellent morning!
The afternoon session featured a presentation by Adrian Ward, Marketing Manager at PNE, talking about the fantastic work the club does within the local community and promoting the upcoming Lancashire Day. The young people then had the chance to view the SRtRC film, featuring top footballers sharing their experiences of racism and giving their advice in how to overcome it.
The highlight of the afternoon was the arrival of FOUR Preston players: Callum Davidson, Adam Barton, David Gray and Darel Russell. They were also joined by ex-professional footballer John Anderson, who used to play for the club and is now a coach with SRtRC.
The young people had clearly given a lot of thought to the issue of racism and posed some profound questions to the panellists, who answered them brilliantly.
There were prizes galore at the end of the day, with the 6 best questions of the afternoon winning signed footballs, goody bags and SRtRC t-shirts. John Anderson had the tricky job of judging the best posters from the morning session - the three best entries each won five match tickets for Saturday's match against Millwall. The standard of the artwork was fantastic and we hope to see some of the entries submitted into our SRtRC national artwork competition.
No-one left the event empty handed - all of the young people received signed PNE posters by each of the panellists.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Ilyas Patel for all of his hard work in organising the event; the players from the club for taking part in the panel and the school groups who attended for their enthusiasm - it was great working with you.
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