The Rams host first SRtRC educational event of 2012/13 season
"I think the more people know about what’s actually going on and understand how hurtful it (racism) can be the better, because it’s important to change everyone’s mindset.”
Richard Keogh, Derby County FC captain
Year 6 pupils from three Derbyshire Primary Schools attended a full-day Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) on Wednesday 26th September. The event which was organised by SRtRC and Derby County FC and sponsored by Derbyshire County Council included a carousel of workshops from SRtRC, Global Education and a tour of Pride Park in the morning for all participants.
This was followed in the afternoon by a screening of the brand new SRtRC film and a Q&A with a panel of special guests, including club captain Richard Keogh and striker Theo Robinson.
The players were able to pass on a very positive message, when asked about the how we can stop racism Richard Keogh stressed the importance of education saying, “By getting the word more around, by setting up more organisations like Show Racism the Red Card because I think the more people know about what’s actually going on and understand how hurtful it can be the better, because it’s important to change everyone’s mindset.”
Councillor Julie Patten and Derbyshire County Council Deputy Director Chris Tilley joined Richard, Theo and SRtRC’s own Olivier Bernard in answering the young people’s questions.
The event was officially opened by Orlinda Dias, Consultant at Derbyshire County Council who welcomed the young people to the club and stayed to sample a flavour of all the workshops.
SRtRC looked at stereotypes, how they are formed and a definition of racism. The workshop by Global Education’s Yvonne Luce discussed Identity. All of the young people enjoyed the ground tour which took in the changing rooms and the police cells!
The new film was well received and ensured some thought provoking questions were asked of the panel. The favourite questions of the afternoon were awarded SRtRC T-Shirts and mini footballs and the top question was given a pair of tickets for a Derby County FC home game.
SRtRC thanks Derby County FC and Derbyshire County Council for their support of the campaign once again. Big thanks also to Yvonne Luce from Global Education, Richard Astle from DCFC and Chris Tilley, Orlinda Dias and Cllr Julie Patten for their participation on the day.