Pupils from Mount Florida, St Brigid’s and St Mirin’s Primary Schools attended Hampden Park on Wednesday 01 February for Show Racism the Red Card’s first ever anti-racism and anti-sectarianism educational event at the stadium.
The charity, which takes the anti-racism message to young people across the UK, and anti-sectarian message across Scotland, marked the occasion by handing out Hall of Fame awards to supporters who have made an outstanding contribution over the last few years.
Awards were presented to the current Scotland Manager Craig Levein, and former Hibernian FC player Michael Weir – both received ‘Hall of Fame’ Awards in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the campaign.
Bill Butler, Campaign Manager of Show Racism the Red Card Scotland, said:
“We are so grateful for the support of so many well known people, without whom the campaign would not be the success it is today. Working with professional footballers as role models has proved to be highly effective in educating young people against racism and sectarianism. And I am delighted that we have marked our first ever educational event at Scotland’s National Stadium by welcoming Craig and Michael into our Hall of Fame.”
The event featured three educational workshops in the morning promoting messages of equality and respect and the pupils were treated to a stadium tour.
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.
Alongside Craig Levein and Michael Weir, guests on the day included ex-professionals and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Gary MacKay and Jim Duffy and ex-professional and PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart. The guests spoke to the young people about their experiences of racism and sectarianism and offered advice on how to deal with, and combat, racism and sectarianism whenever it occurs.
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
"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.”