Show Bigotry the Red Card, a new campaign started by Show Racism the Red Card in Scotland, will be screening their new educational film tackling sectarianism in Scotland called ‘Rivals not Enemies’ on Wednesday 27th April at Falkirk FC.
‘Rivals not Enemies’ features footballers Stephen Craigan, Craig Gordon, Scott McDonald, Barry Robson, Michael Stewart alongside former SFA Chief Executive Gordon Smith, PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart and current Motherwell manager Craig Brown. Elaine C Smith also appears in the film in which she says, “There is more that binds us than divides us.”
A young audience of secondary school pupils from Braes High School will attend the event and it will be a unique opportunity for them to provide feedback on the film and to stimulate an open an honest debate on the issue of sectarianism in Scotland. Also participating in the debate will be Falkirk FC players Kieran Stallard and Craig McLeish, ex-professional footballer Gary MacKay, along with representatives from Falkirk Council, The Central Scotland Regional Equality Council, the Scottish National Party and the Labour Party.
Elio Ajmone, Project Manager for Show Bigotry the Red Card, said: “The new campaign is a great opportunity for our organisation to challenge a very relevant and long-standing form of intolerance in Scottish society. The new educational material that we have produced will hopefully help raise awareness and stimulate debate on the issue of sectarianism in Scotland. With this new campaign we aim to target fans of all ages and club allegiances and ultimately encourage them to support their team and celebrate their identity in a positive manner. Our intent is to challenge negative attitudes and behaviours, whether at home or in public spaces, and to ask football fans to come on board and help us promote positive messages in society.”
Brian Guthrie, Bairnstrust, said: “Bairnstrust and Falkirk Football Club are delighted to work with Show Bigotry the Red Card in delivering this educational workshop. Our youth will be the leading citizens of the future in a Scotland that hopefully can eradicate sectarian and racial intolerance. At the root of that aim is education and understanding - problems will not be solved overnight and by holding these workshops and confronting the issues the foundations can be laid for a better tomorrow. As a community club Falkirk FC is committed to upholding the highest standards and family values - the Trust and club are at the core of the local community and fully support the vital work being done by Show Bigotry the Red Card”.
To see a clip of the 'Rivals not Enemies' dvd please click here.