Dunfermline Athletic FC players spoke to young people from local primary schools about challenging racism and sectarianism at an educational event organised by Show Racism the Red Card at East End Park on Thursday 8th November.
Primary seven pupils from Commercial and Crombie Primary Schools attended the Stadium for a full day of educational activities – including participation in interactive anti-racism and anti-sectarianism workshops.
During the afternoon session, the young people had the chance to pose questions to the Dunfermline Athletic players – Christopher Kane, Joseph Cardle and Shaun Byrne, ex-professionals – Derek Ferguson, Gary MacKay, Michael Weir and Steven Bell, along with Councillor Jim Leishman.
Fife Council's Provost Jim Leishman commented: "This is a great event to have on our home turf and I'm delighted that Dunfermline Athletic FC played host with our local youngsters.
"The majority of young Fifers I know already treat each other with respect, no matter what their background. But it's important to take every opportunity to re-inforce the dangers of racism, sectarianism and discrimination and the damage they can do in our society. Using football and footballers as role models is a great way to help educate our youngsters and I hope that everybody who attended took positive messages home with them."
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card said:
“The young people had a fantastic day that was both educational and enjoyable.
“The continued support received from Dunfermline Athletic FC highlights their commitment to tackling racism and sectarianism in football and in society.
“The event was a great success and we would like to thank all involved.”
Pictured above: Dunfermline players Christopher Kane, Joseph Cardle and Shaun Byrne with primary seven pupil from Crombie Primary School.