A pupil that recently attended our event at Newport County AFC wrote to our Welsh office about their experience of attending our club event at Newport Stadium.
Yesterday 19th October we went to Newport Stadium, we went to the Show Racism the RED Card workshop. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the day.
When we arrived we put our coats on the side then we took our seats. Millbrook Primary school entered and I felt nervous. After Christian Roberts said “let’s mix the schools up”, then Jason Webber introduced himself to all of us.
He talked about the four areas of Racism which are nationality, skin colour, religion and culture.
People can be racist because of these four things. If someone says something else to you it’s not racism but its discrimination, that’s there difference between racism and discrimination.
Next Simon Richards proved to us that our lives get affected by other countries every day in the world by the music we listen to, the clothes we wear, TV programmes we watch, food we eat and nearly everything.
Afterwards Simon put some pictures of people on the board, and then said if you were stranded on a desert island with some people and you found a boat and you were the only one to work it, you could only take three chosen people with you and who would you take? I didn’t know who to choose because you can’t judge someone by their appearance.
Next Christian talked about racist words, what we shouldn’t say and then it was lunchtime.
After we watched a DVD about footballers who used to get racism while playing football, people would call them monkeys and throw bananas at them.
Then we interviewed some football players, two rugby players and a goalkeeper and that was the end of the day.
I learnt racism is very bad and it needs to stop, the bit that shocked me was the video (Incidents).
Written by Harisa Abbas (year 6) from Maindee Primary School Newport.
You can also view some of Harrisa’s friends talking about their experiences at the event HERE