Manager Phil Brown, players Clarke Carlisle, Adam Barton & Conor McLaughlin, & PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor share our anti-racism message
Show Racism the Red Card teamed up with Preston North End FC and PNE Community to organise an exciting event for Year 5&6 pupils at Deepdale. Young people from English Martyrs, St Gregory’s, The Roebuck and Brockholes Wood Primary Schools came to the stadium for a full day of educational activities.
In the morning the attendees took part in a carousel of workshops provided by Show Racism the Red Card and Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council. The SRtRC workshops explored stereotypes, a definition of racism, terminology and myth busting. Preston REC’s workshops lead by Nafysa Patel, Laura Geraghty and PC Stuart Rutlidge, looked at Hate Crime and discrimination in a wider sense.
In the afternoon all of the audience assembled in the Great Room at Deepdale for an extra special afternoon session. Following a screening of the SRtRC DVD a panel was introduced that included PNE FC Manager Phil Brown; PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor and PNE players Adam Barton and Conor McLaughlin. The young people were really excited to see such a great line-up!
PNE's Clarke Carlisle, on loan from Burnley FC, was presented with a Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame Award in recognition of all the support he has given to the campaign over recent years, particularly in his role as Chairman of the PFA Management Committee. He was inducted into our Hall of Fame by Gordon Taylor and Phil Brown.
Following the presentation, Clarke joined the panel for a question and answer session, with all of the questions coming from the young people in the audience. The questions were certainly thought provoking and prompted some interesting responses from the panel. The message was unequivocal, there is no room for racism in sport or society.
The panel’s three favourite questions were awarded SRtRC T-Shirts, mini-football and wristbands, with the top question also receiving a PNE FC football, signed by the whole squad! All of the young people took away copies of the new SRtRC / Preston North End FC poster signed by the panel and SRtRC goody bags including a copy of our new magazine.
There was considerable press interest in the event, with coverage coming from local newspapers, radio and Sky Sports, who broadcast a live interview with Clarke and Gordon and included the footage on all of the day’s news bulletins. PNE TV also filmed the event and SRtRC will share this here soon!
Many thanks to all involved in this event, particularly Preston North End FC and Gary Robinson; Preston REC; all of the panellists and the schools for their support. We look forward to working with the club again in the future.