Young people from Alexandra Parade and St Michael’s Primary Schools attended Celtic Park on Monday 14th March 2011 for a Show Racism the Red Card event.
The primary six and seven pupils had the opportunity to take part in an afternoon of enjoyable and educational activities. The pupils were taken on a tour of the stadium, watched Show Racism the Red Card’s film, particpated in a question and answer session with a guest panel. The panel included: Celtic FC first team players Joe Ledley and Fraser Forster, former professional footballers Derek Ferguson, Jim Duffy and Michael Weir, Chief Executive Officer of the Players Football Association Scotland, Fraser Wishart, and Minister for Community Safety Fergus Ewing MSP. At the end of the event the pupils had the opportunity to get autographs from the players.
Minister for Community Safety Fergus Ewing said:
"There is simply no place for racism in today's society. This Government is, and always has been, totally committed to tackling racism, working with organisations like Show Racism the Red Card Scotland to make a real difference in our communities.
"Scotland is an increasingly diverse nation and this brings both opportunities and challenges. Opportunities to benefit from and be enriched by the contribution that a wide and different range of people can bring to our economy and society; challenges in ensuring that Scotland is able to embrace this diversity and remove barriers which prevent people from participating fully and reaching their full potential."
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card, 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.”