As part of our SPL Trust funded initiative targeting young people in grass roots football throughout Scotland, Show Racism/Bigotry the Red Card will deliver its third event in Midlothian on Wednesday 31st August (6.00 pm – 8.30 pm).
The anti-racism/sectarianism event will be held at Loanhead FC home.
The club will involve their full under-13s and under-14s squads in this initiative aiming to promote an overall message of equality and respect. The event features a combined workshop exploring the causes and effects of racism and sectarianism, this followed by a question and answer session with Hearts and Hibs legends Gary MacKay and Michael Weir. Additionally, our dedicated Red Card coaches Gary and Michael will be offering to the young players a fun football coaching session.
Club’s Secretary Peter Frame said: “Loanhead Miners Youth FC are delighted and proud to be taking part in an event which tackles such an important issue in football. This campaign has become well known and respected at all levels of football, it is important that the youngsters at the grass roots level are involved. It is also fitting that this event will be the first of its kind to be held in our newly refurbished building (i.e.: Bayne Memorial Hall).”
Elio Ajmone, Project Manager for Show Bigotry the Red Card, said: “This initiative is a great way of engaging young people with our anti-racist / anti-sectarian message and equipping them to deal with racist / sectarian attitudes 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”.
Hearts legend Gary MacKay concluded: “I am really looking forward to taking part in this fantastic initiative and supporting Show Racism / Bigotry the Red Card. These issues need to be talked about and this is a great way of promoting our messages to the younger generations. There is no place for racism or sectarianism in football or in society.”