I am delighted to be able to bring you the last Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) update of 2012.
I took up post of Campaign Manger in July of this year and have experienced an extremely exciting and enjoyable first six months. (I can testify to the saying “time flies when you are enjoying yourself,” as it seems like a few weeks ago I walked in the door!)
In my first week in the role John Terry entered Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a Queens Park Rangers v’s Chelsea game in October 2011. Terry was subsequently acquitted by the magistrate but the English Football Association took their own disciplinary action against him. With various incidences of racism reported in the game across Europe it seems the issue of racism within football has hardly left our newspaper columns since. As a supporter of Show Racism the Red Card, you will surely agree with us when we say, racism is not a problem isolated to football. What happens in the game is just a reflection of what is happening at a wider level in society. History teaches us that times of economic hardship prove a fertile ground for those who want to create divisions within our communities and recent statistics have shown a 10% increase of police recorded racist incidents. For those who seek to educate against racism, it’s a staunch reality that the funding and resources to do so are less available.
With all of that in mind I’m confident that the Scottish Show Racism the Red Card team are well equipped to assist you in your efforts to combat racism and sectarianism; whether providing you with workshops in your classroom or workplace, training you to deal with racist incidents or providing you with a variety of engaging educational resources; we look forward to working with you in 2013. This autumn saw the launch of a revamped anti-racism educational film and education pack, featuring the likes of Gabby Logan and Thierry Henry and Gary Caldwell and new activities that educators can use to stimulate debate and promote understanding among their learners. The new film and our other anti-discrimination resources can be purchased here.
As a national team we are currently working on the latest edition of “Red Card”, our magazine which is circulated to participants and supporters. We are still looking for a few sponsors for this edition so if you’d like your company or organisation to feature in a publication with a wide-ranging readership of approximately 150,000 for as little as £300 then please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to share with you a little personal highlight of my first six months in post; I was a special guest at the October St Johnstone v’s Kilmarnock game where Show Racism & Bigotry the Red Card actions were taking place. On leaving I passed the players’ entrance where there were dozens of children waiting for the goalscorers’ -Murray Davidson and Nigel Hasselbaink- autographs. The children were all clutching the Show Racism the Red Card St Johnstone team posters. These posters will feature the anti-racism message on these young fans’ bedroom walls over the season and their delight at having something cool for their heroes to sign was testament to the power of using the beautiful game to engage young people in the anti-racism message.
For PDF downloads of your own team’s SRtRC squad poster click here.
Best wishes for the festive period and I look forward to working with you in the New Year, Vicki Burns, Campaign Manager.