Plymouth Argyle F.C, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Race and Equality Council and Cornwall and Devon Police joined forces on Thursday 7th March to Show Racism the Red Card.
Plymouth Argyle F.C built on their excellent reputation for work in the community by hosting a fantastic educational event at Home Park. The event was opened by Chris Penbirthy, Cabinet member for Cooperatives and Community Development of Plymouth City Council who paid tribute to the legacy of anti-racism work delivered by Show Racism the Red Card within the local community and praised the club for its proactive approach to tackling the issue.
Over 100 children from four local primary schools attended the event and took part in a series of thought-provoking workshops before enjoying a screening of the new Show Racism the Red Card campaign DVD. The young people were then given the opportunity to pose questions on racism to a panel of special guests including Argyle cult-figure and Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney.
Children from St Josephs Primary, Earne Settle Primary, Old Prior School, Laira Green primary School were given a passionate and thoughtful address from Lizzy Issacs of the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council, who spoke about her own experiences as a member of a traveller community and discussed the council’s approach to ensuring equal opportunities for travellers in the Plymouth area.
They were then invited on a ground tour lead by staff from Plymouth Argyle F.C before taking part in a workshop with Show Racism the Red Card to challenge assumptions and discuss the factors that can lead to racist attitudes.
Following a screening of the Show racism the Red Card campaign film, children quizzed a specialist panel of experts including Lizzy Issacs, police officer Rob Loveridge, Plymouth Ladies’ Becky Rose and Argyle’s Warren Feeney. Feeney spoke with sadness about racism experienced during his international travels with Northern Ireland, while Officer Loveridge reinforced the message that children should report any racist incidents to teachers and potentially to the police.
Prizes including a set of four match tickets to a Plymouth Argyle home game and a Show Racism the Red Card football were awarded for the three best questions on the day, while Warren and Becky signed posters, programmes and even football boots for children and teachers alike.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to extend a huge thank you to Plymouth Argyle F.C for helping to organise and run such a fantastic event, and for giving generously of their time and resources. We are also extremely grateful to Plymouth City Council, Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council and Cornwall and Devon Police for all of their contributions to a fantastic day on the south west coast.