We held our first ever event with Welsh Premier League side Afan Lido FC
Our first event with the club went really well and we will be working closer with the club in the near future
jason Webber - Campaign Worker
Afan Lido FC played host on the 25th of January to an event for Sandfields Primary School, whose Year 6 pupils were invited to spend a day with Show Racism the Red Card’s education coaches and learn about racism in football and their community.
25 pupils in all, as well as 7 youngsters on apprenticeships with Afan Lido, were given the opportunity to ask questions about issues involving racism and discrimination, as well as an opportunity to more clearly understand the history and causes of the issues which they see in sports and society today.
For the students of Sandfields School, the day was an enlightening one. Most expressed wonder or surprise at what they learnt over the day. Shannon Morgan, for instance, said:
‘I learnt quite a lot of things that I didn’t know about being racism, and I’d like to learn more.’ Lacie Archer thanked the coaches for ‘helping me understand the words I didn’t know.’ Another girl, Britney Thomas, admitted that she ‘didn’t even know those were bad words.’
Their teachers also praised the event; Mark Jones, their teacher, thought the presentation was ‘pitched at exactly the right level’; Elaine Jones, a teaching assistant with the class, said: ‘I think from the children’s point of view, it’s been put across very well. Knowing these children, I can tell they’ve gained a greater understanding of racism today.’
The day was a satisfying experience for our coaches too and their positive engagement with the cause was encouraging, as the students consistently asked questions, contributed to activities, and in particular seemed keen to prove their new knowledge in the quiz at the end of the day.
Discussion was not limited to racism, as the children used the chance for free discourse to also ask questions about what constitutes a ‘religious’ belief - one child, innocently, asked ‘is Santa Claus religious? is the tooth fairy?’ - and develop tribal groupings about their position on the timeless debate of Justin Bieber versus JLS. Overall, the response they got was very positive. The children seemed engaged and thoughtful, always trying to apply their fresh knowledge.
Afan Lido FC themselves are a keen supporter of the campaign, providing generous prizes for the students who asked the best questions and drew the best t-shirt designs as part of the day’s activities.
Mark Robinson, the club’s general manager, observed: ‘We run events for ages 3 and upwards, and one of the things I’ve learnt is how important it is to nip it in the bud with youngsters like these. The more people we can put this issue in front of early in their life, the easier it will be to eradicate entirely later on.’
We will be continuing to work with the club in the near future.
To view photos from the event click HERE