Newcastle United’s St James’s Park played host to a fantastic day of anti-racism education.
Pupils from South Stanley Junior School in Durham, Bede Community Primary School in Gateshead and Bailey Green Primary School in North Tyneside, all took part in a carousel of anti-racism education and activities. These were two anti-racism workshop delivered by Laura Pidcock and Lizz Bennett from Show Racism the Red Card and the third activity was a tour of the St James Park on which participants got to see the team's changing rooms, the media suite and executive boxes.
After lunch, Lizz and Laura delivered a number of activities designed to review and recap the morning's workshops with the whole group before they watched Show Racism the Red Card's educational DVD featuring top international football players. This was followed by a Q&A with an esteemed panel which included former SRtRC Coaches, Gary Bennett, John Anderson, Olivier Bernard, Trevor Benjamin Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive Ged Grebby and special guests, Newcastle united starts Hatem Ben Arfa and Shola Ameobi.
The panel were asked lots of excellent and thought provoking questions by the pupils who attended a couple of the winning questions who received Show Racism the Red Card prizes were, “Did racism hurt your feelings” Jessica from South Stanley Junior School and “Have you ever been racist to another person” Brian from Bede Community Primary School.
None of the schools attending left empty handed as everyone received a goody bag and a Signed Newcastle United Poster.
Andrew Riley from Bede Community Primary School said “It was one of the best organised trips we've taken the children on, for quite a long day it was remarkable that their attention was held for so long and all the adults from our school noted how well time was managed with so much to fit in. Both the SRtRC staff and associated footballers were brilliant, being on the front rows also meant screentime on TV, which naturally the children loved!
It was a real privilege to be invited to such an event and particularly relevant to our children as the social/ethnic mix in their locale is developing at a rate never seen before. We'd absolutely love to work together again in the future, well done on hosting such a great event!”
SRtRC would like to thank to everyone who helped organise this fantastic event and a special thanks to NUFC for their continued support.