Brian Jensen helps the Clarets educate against racism
Show Racism the Red Card partnered with Burnley FC’s Programme for Education, Sport and Society to organise a full day educational event for 90 young people from three local Primary Schools, St Leonard's, Wellfield and Barrowford. The event saw a carousel of workshops for the audience at the Turf Moor Stadium, with SRtRC delivering one workshop on racism and Burnley FC Community Coaches delivering an interactive session on the Respect Campaign.
Following the two workshops all of the young people gathered at the Leisure Centre attached to the stadium to take part in some fun football sessions run by Burnley FC Community Coaches. The young people were fortunate to be able to play on the 3G pitch as it is usually used by Burnley FC first and reserve team players! All of the young people seemed to enjoy taking part in the games and skill stations.
In the afternoon all of the young people gathered in the 1882 lounge to see a screening of the SRtRC film and then put their questions on racism to a panel of very special guests. From Burnley FC, goalkeeper Brian Jensen, a firm fan favourite was on hand to take the questions, the young people even greeted him with his ‘Beast’ chant! Show Racism the Red Card patron and former Liverpool, England U-21, Newcastle and Sunderland player, Howard Gayle completed the panel.
Brian and Howard were brilliant at answering the young peoples’ questions, they were happy to share their experiences and advice on dealing with racism. There were some prizes of SRtRC t-shirts and mini footballs for the panel’s favourite questions of the afternoon. All of the attendees were able to take away a goody bag with SRtRC resources, including the new magazine and a Burnley FC / SRtRC poster signed by Brian Jensen.
SRtRC would like to thank Burnley FC for having us back at Turf Moor for another excellent event with the club. Thanks to Brian Jensen and Howard Gayle for coming to take part and making the afternoon one to remember for the young people. Big thanks must go to the Community staff for all their help in running and organising the event, Simon, Neil, Sam, Adam and Tyrone and in particular, Jonathan Sibley. We hope to work with the club again very soon.