Show Racism the Red Card delivered the first of six anti-racism / anti-sectarianism educational events with grass roots football clubs across Scotland, which are being funded by the SPL Trust. The first event took place at Letham FC on Thursday 26 May 2011.
The main aim of this initiative is to create educational opportunities for young people, which highlight the dangers of racism and sectarianism in football and society.
A total of 36 young people participated, comprising of an under15s girls team and an under 14s boys team, as well as ten coaches from the club. Councillor Elspeth MacLachlan was also in attendance to support the event.
The overall outcome of this event was a positive one and we received encouraging feedback from everyone who came along. The coaches thought the workshop had a very positive impact on the young people who participated, they felt the session opened up discussions and gave the young people the opportunity to understand difficult issues and promoted important discussion:
“From a coaches point of view we all found the event very informative and we will ensure your message is carried through our ethos at Letham FC”.
(Scott McGoldrick, Head Coach, Letham FC, May 2011)
Overall, it was very positive to witness the club’s commitment to equality issues and the emphasis being placed on to the overall development of young people beyond the football pitch. The coaches at Letham FC displayed their dedication to promoting the overall messages of our campaigns and, moreover, this guarantees that our intervention will have a long-lasting legacy at the club.
Being able to raise awareness on complex issues, while getting an overall consensus amongst the participants that the event was worth attending and participants are keen to get involved with different aspects of the campaign, were arguably the most positive aspects of this particular event.