Show Racism the Red Card educates young people from Croydon against racism at Crystal Palace Football Club.
'Great to see this organisation has been set up to tackle racism...[I] would love to be involved in future events'
Elmwood Junior School, Beulah Junior School, Orchard Way Primary School and Victoria House PRU came together for an all day event in partnership with Crystal Palace FC on Wednesday 29th February.
The event was opened by Councillor Mohan - Cabinet Member for Communities at Croydon Council, who praised the work of Show Racism the Red Card in Croydon and wished the young people an exciting and informative day.
During the morning the pupils enjoyed a carousel of workshops focussing on exploring stereotypes, defining racism and learning about how to deal with racism. The young people also got the opportunity to produce anti-racism artwork courtesy of a workshop ran by the Bels Youth Charity.
During the afternoon the young people watched Show Racism the Red Card's latest DVD featuring top footballers and posed questions on racism to SRtRC Education Workers and former professional footballers Paul Mortimer and Osei Sankofa, CPFC Senior Community Officer Clarry Birch, and current Crystal Palace footballers Alex Wynter (centre), William Johnson-Cole (CPFC scholar), Kieran Woodley (CPFC scholar) and Ghassimu Sow (CPFC scholar and England U18).
After photo opportunities with the footballers and Crystal Palace's mascots Pete and Alice, all of the young people left with a goody bag of Show Racism the Red Card's resources including this season's Crystal Palaced FC poster and badge.
When young people were asked what they had learned from the event, there was a huge variety of answers including 'I now know the definition of stereotype and how we shouldn't judge a book by its cover', 'racism isn't just about skin colour; it's about religion, culture and nationality too' and 'that racism must be reported if we want to get rid of it from society'.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Crystal Palace Football Club, Croydon Council and the Bels Youth Charity for making the event such a success.