Pupils from Avonbridge and St Francis Xavier’s Primary Schools attended Falkirk FC on Monday 16 January for a Show Racism the Red Card Event organised in partnership with Falkirk FC and Central Scotland Regional Equality Council.
The event featured three educational workshops in the morning promoting messages of equality and respect. 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.
Guests on the day included first team Falkirk players, ex-professionals and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson, Gary MacKay and Michael Weir, along with Provost Pat Reid and previous Falkirk Captain Jack Ross. The guests spoke about their experiences of racism and sectarianism and offered advice on how to deal with, and combat, racism and sectarianism whenever it occurs.
Brian Guthrie, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC), said:
“CSREC are delighted to be involved once again with Show Racism & Bigotry the Red Card in delivering educational workshops to pupils from local Primary schools which is part of our own long term strategy in developing more inclusive community relations in all areas of equality, diversity and discrimination as required under the Equality Act 2010.
“This year we are designing all of our workshops to reflect the areas of Central Scotland we work within and for this event our theme is "The Beauty & Diversity in Falkirk". The aim is to encourage the children to see everyone and exercise respect and fairness at all times as human beings despite the differences in colour, belief or background. We will talk of culture and the need for integration in a positive and inclusive way. CSREC has a long history of working against racism and sectarianism and in this time of difficulty for all people we have to rise to the new challenges put in our pathway to the future here in Scotland.”
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
"The continued support received from Falkirk FC and Central Scotland Regional Equality Council demonstrates a clear commitment to stamping out racism and sectarianism in football and society. Falkirk FC was the first club to host a Show Racism the Red Card anti-sectarian educational event which took place in April 2011. 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.”