Show Racism the Red Card visited Everton FC for an event with local schoolchildren at Goodison Park.
"For kids at such a young age, it's vital for them to know all about racism so they deal with and can report it if anything happens. It's great to come along to events like this."
Seamus Coleman, Everton FC and Republic of Ireland
All youngsters attending the event were given a 2010-2011 season Everton FC poster signed by the players. After viewing our latest anti-racism DVD featuring top stars in the European game, the young people were able to ask questions of a panel consisting of:
Chris Foy – Premiership Referee and Everton fan. Chris refereed the 2009 Carling Cup Final between Man Utd and Spurs and last years FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Portsmouth at Wembley
Chief Supt Dave Lewis - Has policed games on Merseyside for the last 10 years and has travelled all over Europe policing, observing and advising other police forces.
Rachel Brown – Previously played for Liverpool and has also played in America. Rachel has won 73 international caps as England’s goalkeeper and was a member of Everton’s successful FA cup winning team last season.
Fern Whelan – Previously played for Liverpool and was named FA Young Player of the Year for 2007/08. Fern has featured for England and also played in the FA Cup final victory of 2010.
Leroy Rosenior – Leroy is a former player with clubs such as Fulham FC, QPR and West Ham United FC. He has also managed several teams including taking Torquay United FC to their highest ever position and the Sierra Leone national team. Leroy is now working with SRtRC alongside his media work.
Seamus Coleman – A regular in the Everton first team this season and has already made 22 appearances scoring 3 goals in the Premier League. Just last week he won his first full caps for the Republic of Ireland team.
The questions were well thought out and the panel answered all the questions in depth, the overall winner of the best question received a football signed by the current Everton FC first team squad, very generously donated by Mike Mills.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Darren Griffiths, Zoe Graham and Everton FC for hosting us. Our thanks also to the panel for their substantial contributions to the success of the event.
Thank you also to Sefton Equalities Partnership and Liverpool City Council for their continued sponsorship and support for our campaign.
Finally a massive thanks to Mike Mills of Everton in the Community who worked tirelessly to organise the event and ensured that all guests enjoyed the day and took away a strong anti-racism message.
The event was also featured on Everton's website here.