Adam Clayton and Danny Pugh joined a panel of SRtRC patrons for a star-studded event!
SRtRC organised an event with Leeds United FC for Year 5&6 pupils from local primary schools. There was a lot of interest from schools in attending the event. Hill Top, St Patrick’s, Ingram Road, Bramhope, Strawberry Fields, Raynville and Kerr Mackie Primary Schools were able to bring groups to the Bremner Suite at Elland Road to take part.
The campaign ran an educational workshop for all of the young people from 13:00, delivered by SRtRC Education Worker Lizz Bennett and SRtRC Campaign Worker Jo Wallis. The educational activities examined stereotypes and the preconceptions we hold, a definition of racism and explored acceptable terminology.
After a short break the young people viewed a screening of the SRtRC DVD, followed by a question and answer session with a panel of very special guests. On the panel were two current Leeds United players, Danny Pugh and Adam Clayton, former Leeds United players and SRtRC Honorary Patrons, John Hendrie, Chris Fairclough, Chris Kamara and Brian Deane; Honorary Patron and Emmerdale actress Charlie Hardwick and former professional footballer, SRtRC patron and football coach, Olivier Bernard.
With such a great panel, the young people were extremely keen to ask questions about the issue. There certainly wasn’t a shortage of insightful and interesting questions for the panel to field. The panel responded well to all of them and offered some excellent advice and shared their experiences openly.
There were some excellent prizes for the panel’s favourite questions which were announced by Charlie Hardwick. LUFC had kindly donated 2 sets of match tickets for an upcoming home fixture and a signed ball. The three winners were able to choose which prize they would like and were also able to take a SRtRC T-Shirt and mini football. All of the young people who asked a question received a wristband.
Every person in the audience collected a Leeds United / SRtRC poster signed by the panel and a SRtRC goody bag. The event received some excellent press coverage from BBC Radio, Radio Aire and the Leeds United website.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all of the panellists, the schools for attending and Leeds United FC for hosting the event. The campaign looks forward to working with the club further in the future.