We are delighted to announce that the SPL Trust are funding Show Racism the Red Card to deliver six anti-racism / anti-sectarianism educational events with grass roots football clubs across Scotland.
The main aim of this initiative is to create educational opportunities for young people, which highlight the dangers of racism and sectarianism.
The events will involve activities to encourage discussion, promote debate and challenging negative assumptions and stereotypes, which can lead to issues of intolerance, along with a football coaching session with SRtRC ex-professional players, that encourage teamwork and supporting each other.
The first of this series of events will take place in Perth on Thursday 26th May, 6pm to 8.30pm, at Letham FC. The 2011 club of the Year for Perth & Kinross will involve an U15s girls team as well as an U14s boys team in this initiative aiming to promote an overall message of equality and respect.
We have found that these events can have a great impact on the audience. The use of ex-professional footballers in this setting helps connect young people with the anti-racism / anti-sectarianism message. Through a question and answer session where the young people ask the questions, the audience get a personal experience of their own, which we think strengthens the message further.
Elio Ajmone, Project Manager for Show Bigotry the Red Card, said: "This initiative is a great way of engaging young people with our anti-racism / anti-sectarianism message and equipping them to deal with racist / sectarian attitutdes and behaviours. Our intent is to provide an experience that is both fun and thought-provoking".
Billy Singh General Manager of the Scottish Premier League Trust stated: “The SPL Trust is delighted to be able to financially support this initiative. It is important that we come together to tackle all forms of intolerance. This initiative’s focus on tackling sectarianism and bigotry through young people is particularly timely”.
Councillor Elspeth MacLachlan, who willalso be attending the event, said: "I am really delighted to see this evetn take place here in Letham. It is a reflection of the hard work that Letham Football Club has done in this community to promote the aims of 'Show Racism the RedCard'.
I think this current campaign against Bigotry and Sectarianism is all the more valuable in the current Scottish climate. The Club Committee are all committed to maintaining and expanding the Clubs aims of positive inclusiveness. As Vice Convenor of Community Safety I see this event as practical proof of the commitment of the Club and PKC to this important issue".