170 Young people from Redbridge Schools enjoyed a full day event at the home of the Daggers
Young people from Redbridge primary schools enjoyed a fantastic day of workshops and educational activities.
The school groups took part in a tour of the stadium as well as two different workshop sessions led by Show Racism the Red Card staff. The first session explored what racism is and featured activities about stereotyping, giving young people the message of "don't judge a book by its cover!" The second session focussed on racism towards Gypsy, Roma and Travellers; young people learnt the story of Johnny Delaney and realised how damaging racism can be - people can lose their lives. The young people were moved and shocked by what happened to Johnny and were encouraged to write letters to Johnny's sister Nellie.
Following the lunch break, the afternoon session featured a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card DVD, featuring top footballers talking about their experiences and giving advice to young people about how to deal with and combat racism.
The highlight of the day was the chance for young people to pose their own questions to a panel of very special guests. Show Racism the Red Card welcomed Cllr Keith Prince, Leader of Redbridge Council; Dada Felje and Silwester Huczho from the Roma Support Group; Steve Thompson, Chief Executive of Dagenham and Redbridge FC; John Still, manager and two first team players - Solomon Taiwo and John Akinde.
The panel answered some excellent questions from the young people - with the three best questions of the afternoon being awarded Goody Bags. All of the young people received signed Dagenham and Redbridge posters and match tickets for an upcoming home fixture!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Teresa Parish and Mike O'Hanlon for their support of the event and look forward to returning to the club next season!
Read more about this event at Redbridge Council's news pages.