Louise Scholes of Sacred Heart School in Redcar shares what she learnt at a SRtRC workshop
Louise Scholes took part in work experience with Middlesbrough FC's fanzine: "Fly Me to the Moon". I was so impressed with this article that it was printed in the mag and posted online. It was great to see Louise's enthusiasm and how impressed she was with Show Racism the Red Card's message.
Robert Nichols, Editor, Fly Me to the Moon
Show Racism the Red Card were invited to visit Sacred Heart School in Redcar. Louise Scholes took part in the day of workshops and we are delighted to see that she went on to share the anti-racist message far and wide! Louise took on a work experience placement with Fly Me to the Moon and wrote an article about her day with Show Racism the Red Card. Huge thanks to Louise for her kind words, and to Robert Nichols for passing this article onto us. Please visit our Schools Visits & Workshops section to find out how to book SRtRC into your school.
Article by Louise Scholes
From experience, I think it’s safe to say that getting a classroom of fifteen year olds to talk about racism, or in fact anything in general other than the latest series of Skins, is not the easiest thing in the world. Throw in the fact that it’s a Friday morning and nobody is really awake and you have a recipe for yawns.
Yet, less than ten minutes into the workshop with ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ I was amazed. It didn’t feel as though we were in just another Social Ed class - we weren’t being talked at - or expected to write a 50’000 essay on ‘why drugs are bad’. Students seemed to feel comfortable, relaxed and happy to voice their opinions. Our representative from the charity kept everyone’s attention through-out, somehow managing to involve each one of us without putting anybody on the spot. After getting acquainted, it was set to be a dynamic and interesting presentation. Now was a time that we could actually ask those questions that before we had never dared to voice and get answers that made sense. There were no algebraic equations to solve, no tedious note-taking and everything discussed had a clear relevancy to what we see today, in our society.
Along with video-clips and interviews with current players, we got a real insight into how people today – how teenagers just like us today – have to deal with racial discrimination. It was an education in itself, seeing how others can be treated as a result of their skin colour or faith. What I personally found most shocking, was just how much of an impact prejudice can have on a person’s life and even more so, that nobody is exempt from it – including our most commended footballers.
Through a series of games and quizzes, it was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and we were even invited to take a ‘practical approach’. By third lesson we were out on our school sports field, humble in the presence pf Gary Bennett to kick back – or kick off – our final hour with some basic coaching from the pros. However, I soon found I am not the most coordinated of people when it comes to football – in future it’s probably best if I take the bench and just watch.
But other than the slight embarrassment of having to try and (fail to) play football, the entire experience with ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ was certainly one that made a good impact. I witnessed students who would not normally participate in class taking an active interest – almost to the point of seeming enthusiastic about volunteering their answers. I definitely feel that everybody involved with things that day learnt something. Racism or indeed any form of discrimination or prejudice of this kind is usually born from ignorance, from not fully understanding something. What Show Racism the Red Card strives to do is to inform people; to make them aware in the hope that they will understand that equality applies to everybody, it is not just skin deep. I took a lot from the session, as did my peers and I am confident that Show Racism the Red Card can make even more of a difference with the work they continue to do.