Secondary One pupils from St John’s RC High School attended Dundee United FC on Wednesday 02 November 2011 for a Show Racism the Red Card Event organized in partnership with Dundee United FC and the ArabTRUST.
The event featured three educational workshops in the morning promoting messages of equality and respect, and the pupils also received a stadium tour. During the afternoon the Show Racism the Red Card anti-racism educational film was screened, which features some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba.
Dundee United players Sean Dillon and Willo Flood, ex- professionals and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson, Gary MacKay and Michael Weir were present, along with former MSP Marlyn Glen, Dundee`s Education convener Liz Fordyce and Nicki Marra retired head teacher. They spoke about their experiences of racism and sectarianism and offered advice on how to deal with, and combat, racism and sectarianism whenever it occurs.
Sean Dillon, Dundee United's Show Racism the Red Card ambassador, said: "At Dundee United we are committed to banishing racism and bigotry from this country. Football is a game for everyone and that’s the message we want to put across. It is vital that we continue to work to change the attitudes of people within football and in the wider community to make Scotland a great place to live for everyone.
"As an Irishman who works in Scotland and has laid down family roots in this country with the birth of my son here, I want it to be a place where he can grow up without prejudice towards other human beings.”
Bill Butler, Campaign Manager, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
"The continued support received from Dundee United FC demonstrates a clear commitment to stamping out racism and sectarianism in football and society. This kind of work equips young people to deal with racist and sectarian attitudes and behaviours. Schools in the area are very keen to engage with the campaign and the young people we have worked with are very positive about it.
“The support of current and former professional footballers and managers for these events is having a tremendously positive impact on the young people attending.”
A representative from the ArabTRUST said: “ArabTRUST are united against racism. We have a long history of campaigning against such prejudice alongside SRtRC which we feel is a hugely worthwhile cause that has always had our full support.
“We feel that racism in all forms is unacceptable in a modern society. We are dedicated to helping eradicate it from not only football, but in society too.
“ArabTRUST are proud to support such an initiative and reaffirm the message that such prejudice will not be tolerated on the terraces, or anywhere for that matter. We thank SRtRC for allowing us to stand alongside them in a continuation of the association between the two organisations.”
(Picture includes: Show Racism the Red Card coaches/ ex-proffessionals - Derek Ferguson and Michael Weir, pupils from St John's RC High School, Dundee United coach, David Bowman and first team players, Sean Dillon and Ryan Dow).