Canaries players Jonny Howson and Simeon Jackson speak out against racism
Show Racism the Red Card delivered an event for young people from Norfolk Secondary Schools at the Carrow Road Stadium. We worked in partnership with Norwich City Study Support Centre (NCSSC), Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Police and Norwich City FC to run a full day of educational activities.
NCSSC arranged for over 100 Year 7&8 pupils to attend the event. They took part in a carousel of workshops delivered by SRtRC, Norfolk Police and Norwich City FC’s Safeguarding Manager, Tony Hedges. The workshops explored stereotypes and where they come from; hate crime, and overcoming adversity.
All of the young people took part in each of the workshops over the course of the morning and enthusiastically participated in each. ITV Anglia was on hand to film some of this interaction and interview pupils for a piece that went out later in the day.
In the afternoon session, Anwar Uddin (former professional footballer with West Ham, Sheffield Wednesday and Dagenham & Redbridge and current SRtRC education worker) led the audience through a definition of racism before a screening of the brand new SRtRC film.
Following the film screening, Norwich City players Simeon Jackson and Jonny Howson were introduced - to the great excitement of the audience! Simeon and Johnny joined Anwar and SRtRC Campaign Worker Jo Wallis on a panel to take young people’s questions on racism.
Simeon was asked if he had ever experienced racism. He said: “I was in a situation where I heard someone mention something about someone else’s culture. Because I was young I didn’t know how to react to it.
“I thought I would just ignore it but I probably should have said something. Do say something. Everyone can play a role in helping to stop it.”
There were some great questions during the session and the young people who asked the panel’s favourite questions were awarded SRtRC T-Shirts and mini-footballs, with Oliver from Diss High School winning the star prize of a Norwich City goodie bag donated by the club.
All of the young people were delighted to have their photos taken with the players, who also signed autographs for everyone in attendance.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Simeon and Jonny for attending the event. We also extend our thanks to Ros Watson, Paul Wickens and to the workshop providers who made the event possible. We look forward to returning to Carrow Road next season!