Anti-Racism event features Saints' stopper!
Show Racism the Red Card returned to the St Mary’s Stadium for an event organised in conjunction with the Saints Foundation. The Saints Foundation had invited young people from three Southampton Primary Schools along to the event which feature anti-racism educational activities, a screening of the SRtRC DVD and a Question & Answer session with special guests.
After a short introduction, the young people saw the SRtRC DVD and half way through, the film was paused to discuss some of the themes and incidents seen so far. Paul Mortimer, the former professional footballer and SRtRC Education Worker led this discussion and worked with the audience to come up with a definition of racism.
Paul also led the educational activities which followed the showing of the remainder of the film. They looked at judging people, a definition of racism, stereotypes and terminology. The young people readily engaged with the activities, Paul established a great rapport with the audience and the session greatly enhanced their understanding and their understanding of racism.
We were then joined by Southampton FC club captain and goalkeeper Kelvin Davis for the Question & Answer session. Also on the panel were Paul and Saints Foundation Funded Projects Manager Jazz Bhatti. The panel were able to share with the young people their advice on dealing with racism and their own personal experiences in response to some fantastic questions.
The panel’s three favourite questions were presented with a SRtRC t-shirt and mini football by Kelvin Davis and all of the young people were able to pick up a signed Southampton FC poster from him at the end of the event as well as a SRtRC goody bag.
There was some press coverage of the event from BBC Late Kick Off and also Shoot Magazine. SRtRC would like to thank Jazz, Sam and Dave at the Saints Foundation for all their help with this event and working in partnership with SRtRC. We look forward to continuing this very productive teamwork in the future.