‘Show Bigotry the Red Card’ has travelled to Loanhead MW Youth Football Club in Midlothian to teach the next generation of footballers the importance of treating everyone with the same equality and respect.
After successfully working throughout Scotland with the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, ElioAjmone, the Project Manager of Religious Intolerance in Scottish Football believes this campaign will become just as successful: “This is the third session we have provided in Scotland having already been up in Perth as well as one with Edina Hibs in Edinburgh. As part of the campaign we are determined to change the public’s way of thinking and interact with the next generation to make sure this issue gets the correct resolution.”
As part of the ‘Show Bigotry the Red Card’ campaign several ex-professionals have come on board to promote and educate children the importance the messages the campaign are trying to get across. Two of the players who have been on board are the former Hibs winger Mickey Weir and Hearts all time record appearance holder Gary Mackay.
Mickey Weir believes that targeting the next generation of kids is the best way to change people’s perceptions: “Having married into a family that comes from a lot of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds I felt, when I was asked to come and help out, that it was an important issue. These events help to enforce the issue that no matter who you are you should be respected and looked after.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Gary Mackay who was at Tynecastle for last weekend’s derby match: “Having been involved for the last five years first in the Show Racism the Red Card campaign and now Show Bigotry the Red Card I believe that slowly but surely attitudes are changing. But I don’t think we can become complacent about it, I even heard an incident from the weekend which is something that shouldn’t be tolerated. “
Gary also believes teaching kids is the only way to bring this behaviour to an end: “It’s very difficult to change the ideas and rational of adults and so to influence the children at a young age as well as teaching them some football skills is great as well.”
Show Bigotry the Red Card are rolling out training session with the likes of Gary and Mickey across the nation with more information available through www.theredcardscotland.org