England international joins Villa stars past & present at educational event.
Show Racism the Red Card visited Aston Villa FC for an educational event with over 100 young people from the local area. The event was part of an ongoing programme of work funded by the Premier League/PFA Community Fund.
The youngsters took part in an educational workshop on stereotypes and looking at the definition of racism. The event also featured a screening of the brand new SRtRC film featuring Gabby Logan, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young and many others.
The young people then had the chance to put their questions to our panel featuring former England under-21 goalkeeper Matt Murray, ex-Villa player & Chief Executive of the Aston Villa Former Players Association Neil Rioch and former England and Aston Villa winger Tony Daley. The panel was completed by current Villa strikers, Carly Davies and England international Gabriel Agbonlahor.
(Matt Murray & Gabby Agbonlahor tackle questions from the audience)
The film was very well received and provided a good starting point for the questions that followed. The panel answered a mix of interesting and thoughtful questions and the three lucky winners of the best questions received SRtRC T-Shirts and balls signed by Gabby Agbonlahor. The prize for the best question overall was a football signed by the full Aston Villa first team squad, very generously donated by the club.
(Gabby Agbonlahor, Carly Davies & Tony Daley with one of the prize winners at Villa Park)
All of the young people who attended received SRtRC goody bags containing a signed copy of this season's Villa poster.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all of the panel for taking part and the schools for attending. Sincere thanks to Aston Villa FC, particularly Karen Croft, Brian Doogan and Ravi Masih.
The event was filmed by AVTV and the short film can be seen here.