Over 130 young people from local schools visited the Memorial Stadium to hear from Rovers' stars Jo Kuffour and Wayne Brown
UNITE are delighted to sponsor and support these events and Bristol Rovers should also be congratulated for hosting the the day.
Bristol Rovers players past and present participated in the panel discussion, but the real stars of the day were the kids who threw themselves into the event with enthusiasm and energy. This gives us real hope that in future generations, racism can be truly stamped out and given the Red Card.
Stuart Davies, Regional Officer, Unite the Union
Pictured: Christian Roberts (Centre) with Wayne Brown (Left) and Jo Kuffour (right). Thanks to the Evening Post for the photo.
Show Racism the Red Card had a fantastic afternoon at Bristol Rovers Football Club, delivering our first anti-racism event in partnership with Rovers' Community Department.
Young people from Ashley Down Junior School, Lockleaze Primary School and St Peter & St Paul Primary School attended to take part in the event.
Christian Roberts, SRtRC Education Worker and former Cardiff City, Bristol City & Swindon Town player led an interactive workshop session with the youngsters, along with Jo Wallis, Campaign Worker. The young people engaged really well with the subject matter and demonstrated high levels of understanding, not only about how harmful racism is, but also that it is within their power to help to stop racism.
A lively discussion ensued around "How many 'races' are there?" Answers ranged from 'seven' to 'six billion!' before one wise young man pointed out there were two: "...one human and one alien!"
The understanding that there is just one race - the Human race, is an important message for the young people to take away with them. We may have different skin colours, nationalities, religions and cultures but we are all human and all deserve to be treated with respect.
Following a screening of our Show Racism the Red Card DVD, the young people were thrilled to hear from special guests Jo Kuffour and Wayne Brown. Also joining them to take questions from the youngsters were Peter Aitken, Community Manager and former Rovers' Club Captain, Stuart Davies, Unite the Union and Christian Roberts. All spoke of their experiences of racism and imparted advice to the young people about how to overcome racism.
The youngsters asked some excellent questions, with the top question being rewarded with a signed football, kindly donated by the club.
No-one left empty-handed, with all of the young people receiving a signed Rovers' posters, "Respect" wristbands from Unite and a Show Racism the Red Card badge.
Show Racism the Red Card had a fantastic day at the Bristol Rovers and would like to extend huge thanks to the Community Department for their support, particularly Peter Aitken and John Moody. We hope to visit the club again next season.
Hear from Christian speaking about the event on BBC Bristol radio - listen in from 1hr 53 minutes.