The winners of the SRtRC Anti-Racist School Competition 2011 came to St James’ Park to pick up their prizes at a special ceremony in recognition of their efforts.
The winners of the SRtRC Anti-Racist School Competition 2011 came to St James’ Park on Tuesday to pick up their prizes at a special ceremony in recognition of their efforts.
Newcastle United players, Sol Campbell and Tamas Kadar gave out all the prizes which included signed shirts, balls, match tickets, VIP trips and other items donated by football clubs and other organisations throughout England.
The ceremony was hosted by former professional footballer, manager and television presenter and SRtRC patron, Leroy Rosenior and Emmerdale actress and long time supporter of the campaign, Charlie Hardwick.
On arrival all of the winners and their families were able to go on an exclusive tour of the stadium and take in the dug-outs, pitchside and the dressing room. There was also a plethora of entertainment in the Bamburgh Suite before the start of the main event. Interactive stalls from organisations including Useful Vision, balloon modelling with Krazy Kev, temporary SRtRC tattoos and much more besides. Guests were also able to see all of the competition entries which were on display in the room, having just been exhibited over three days on the concourse at world renowned music venue, The Sage Gateshead.
Christine Blower, General Secretary of one of the competition’s major sponsors, The National Union of Teachers, officially opened the ceremony. The young people who had won prizes had come from as far away as Devon, Milton Keynes and Derby to receive them and not only met Sol & Tamas, but a host of former professional footballers including Show Racism the Red Card patrons and coaches, John Anderson, Trevor Benjamin, Gary Bennett, Olivier Bernard and Curtis Fleming.
The winners who had sent in creative writing entries were brave enough to read out their poetry and raps and wowed the audience with some great deliveries. It was one of the creative writing entries that was announced as overall winner of the competition this year, Jack Hayward of West Kirby Residential School had already come first in the Special Educational Needs Artwork and Creative Writing Category and was delighted to receive a laptop for his school courtesy of the NUT. Jack’s delivery of his poem was one of the highlights of the event.
At the end of the ceremony press photographs were taken in the Directors Box at St James’ Park with all the winners, their families, presenters and guests. A great end to a fantastic occasion.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all of the young people and schools for taking part this year and particular thanks must go to all of the teachers who registered their schools and ran the competition in their classrooms. We would also like to thank the NUT, UNISON, The PFA, The FA and Potts Printers for sponsoring the competition and for all of their support.
A full report on the competition as a whole, with evaluation will appear on this website shortly.
Jack Collins of Western Community primary School, Wallsend has already received one of his prizes, a day at the Newcastle United training ground. Read his report.