Young people from Burnley schools enjoyed a fantastic full-day event at Turf Moor
Show Racism the Red Card teamed up with Burnley FC and Burnley Community Sports Trust to organise a full day educational event for over 100 young people from Burnley Primary Schools.
The morning session involved a carousel of workshops: ex-professional footballer Leroy Rosenior, now an education worker for SRtRC, lead an interactive workshop exploring stereotypes and discussing the definition of racism. Burnley CST ran a workshop titled ‘Be the Boss’ which saw the young people work in groups to come up with imaginative ways to interest young people in coming to Burnley FC home games. The third workshop was a tour of Turf Moor, seeing 'behind the scenes' areas such as the trophy room, chairman’s room and changing rooms. One of the groups was even lucky enough to bump into manager Brian Laws!
The group reassembled before lunch to meet striker Chris Iwelumo - the young people had pre-prepared some questions for him about racism. Chris spoke excellently to the group, sharing his experiences and giving advice for how to deal with and stop racism.
Following a screening of the SRtRC DVD, Clarke joined a panel of guests for a question and answer session on racism. Leroy Rosenior chaired the discussion, also featuring the PFA Director of Community John Hudson and SRtRC Chief Executive Ged Grebby. The panel dealt really well with some excellent questions from the young people, with prizes awarded to the best questions of the afternoon.
SRtRC would like to extend thanks to Burnley FC and Community Sports Trust; all who came and participated, the schools, teachers and panel guests.