The Show Racism the Red Card team visited Adam’s Park for their annual anti-racism educational event.
Young people from Oakridge Combined and High Wycombe C of E Primary Schools attended an all day event in partnership with Wycombe Wanderers FC on Wednesday 16th January.
The event was opened by Yvette Thomas – Children’s Policy and Equalities Advisor at Buckinghamshire County Council, who spoke about the importance of working in partnership with Show Racism the Red Card to promote equality and challenge racism in Buckinghamshire schools; “Children's Services at Buckinghamshire Council is delighted as always to welcome the SRtRC team into the County to deliver workshops and training to our teachers and pupils. The work we do together on anti discrimination practice with schools is so important to ensure that we continue to develop understanding and appreciation within children and young people in order to build a more harmonious community.”
The event got underway with a ground tour and a carousel of anti-racism workshops in the morning, which focused on exploring stereotypes, defining racism and learning about how to deal with racism.
In the afternoon, the young people watched the brand new Show Racism the Red Card DVD featuring top professional footballers, before posing questions on racism to a panel comprising of ex-professional footballers and SRtRC staff members Clint Easton, Anwar Uddin and Paul Mortimer, as well as Wycombe Wanderers FC first team players Junior Moriat (Centre Forward), Kortney Hause (Centre Back/Centre Midfield) and Emmanuel Ighorae (Midfielder/Winger).
All of the young people left with a goody bag of Show Racism the Red Card’s resources including a SRtRC magazine and signed football team poster.
Over the last three years Buckinghamshire County Council has supported Show Racism the Red Card to deliver a programme of anti-racism workshops alongside fun football fitness sessions delivered by ex-professional footballers in schools throughout the county. Show Racism the Red Card’s Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, stated ‘Buckinghamshire County Council have provided unwavering support to the Show Racism the Red Card campaign in recent years and we have had the opportunity to undertake some really valuable work in the county. We hope to build upon this in 2013 to reach more people and empower them to reject racism and promote understanding.’