Local team Ashington FC played host to the SRtRC team for an afternoon of interactive anti-racism activities.
Show Racism the Red Card held its first event at Ashington Football Club on Friday 8th April; three local middle schools brought along 90 year 7 pupils to participate in a carousal of anti-racism workshops including a coaching session on the pitch delivered by our team of ex professional footballers.
The day began with a welcome by Craig Bankhead the North East Education Manager for SRtRC. Next up the children took part in three anti-racism workshop delivered by Lizz Bennett, Laura Pidcock and the SRtRC coaches the young people learnt about racism, explored stereotypes and heard about how far racist behaviour can escalate.
After lunch the young people viewed the SRtRC DVD and listened to a speech from a very special guest, local MP Ian Lavery. Ian asked the young people to combat racism in their local communities and let everyone know that racist behaviour will not be tolerated in Ashington!
Next up was the Q&A panel, the young people had an opportunity to ask questions about racism to the panel of ex-professions footballers and SRtRC coaches Dean Gordon, Curtis Flemming, John Anderson, Olivier Bernard, Trevor Benjamin and Gary Bennett. Each questions won a prize of a SRtRC football and the best three questions all got a SRtRC t-shirt too, with two lucky winners bagging themselves a pair of Sunderland AFC tickets. All young people left with a SRtRC wrist band, badge, stickers and a signed Newcastle United or Sunderland AFC poster.
A great big thanks to all of the schools that attended and Ashington Football Club for hosting the event!