Young people from Gylemuir, Longniddry and St Martin’s Primary Schools attended the Hibernian FC Training Centre on Monday 28th February 2011 for a Show Racism the Red Card Event.
The primary seven pupils had the opportunity to take part in an afternoon of enjoyable and educational activities. During the afternoon they watched Show Racism the Red Card’s film, which features some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba, who all talk about their experiences of racism and offer advice on how to deal with, and combat, racism whenever it occurs.
A selection of Hibernian FC first team players joined the panel, along with former professional footballers Gary MacKay and Michael Weir. Labour Leader Iain Gray and Councillor Paul McLennan, Leader of East Lothian Council, also showed their continued support for Show Racism the Red Card by attending the event to answer questions on racism posed by the local school pupils at the event. Iain Gray said:
“Football is the world game. It has the fantastic ability to unite people all over the globe in their love of the game whether you are playing it or spectating. A great thing about football is it is proof racism is wrong whatever way you look at it. It is talent that counts on the pitch not your background. That’s why the game is a great vehicle for fighting racism and Show Racism the Red Card is such a good campaign to send out the message.”
Ged Grebby, Show Racism the Red Card’s Chief Executive, said:
“This kind of event is ideal for addressing the subject of racism, thanks to the club we have been able to organise an event that is both educational and fun. We are confident that the anti-racist message presented on the day will further illustrate the club’s commitment to tackling racism through education and will help show young people from the area that there is no room for racism in football or in society.”
“The support of current and former professional footballers and managers for these events is having a tremendously positive impact on the young people attending.”