Pupils from Edinburgh Primary schools attended Hearts FC on Wednesday 28th March for a Show Racism the Red Card Event organised in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council and Hearts FC.
The event featured three educational workshops in the morning promoting anti-racism, anti-sectarianism and overall messages of equality and respect, and the pupils were also 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.
Guests on the day included first team Hearts player Scott Robinson, former Hearts player and current coach at the club Gary Locke, ex-professional and Show Racism the Red Card coach Gary MacKay, and Diana Dodd from City of Edinburgh Council. 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.
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
"Show Racism the Red Card’s current partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council demonstrates a clear commitment to stamping out racism and sectarianism in the region. 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 continued invaluable support received from football clubs and current and former professional footballers and managers for these events is having a tremendously positive impact on the young people attending.”
Pictured above: Hearts player Scott Robinson, former Hearts player and current coach at the club Gary Locke with pupil from Sciennes Primary School.