Pupils from Bellfield and Hurlford Primary Schools attended Kilmarnock FC on Wednesday 27 March for a Show Racism the Red Card Event organised in partnership with Kilmarnock FC.
The event featured a carousel of educational workshops in the morning promoting anti-racism, anti-sectarianism and overall messages of equality and respect, and the pupils were also treated to a stadium tour.
During the afternoon session Show Racism the Red Card screened their new anti-racism educational film, which features some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba. The pupils then had the opportunity to act as media journalists as part of a role play activity and posed some tough questions to a guest panel. The panel included Kilmarnock FC players Garry Hay, Lee Ashcroft and Ross Barbour, ex-professional footballer / Show Racism the Red Card coach Michael Weir, along with representatives from East Ayrshire Council and Strathclyde Police.
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
“The dangers of racism and sectarianism are significant and education is vital in order that young people can recognise these and other forms of discrimination and be equipped to safely challenge them as they grow and develop.
"The continued invaluable support received from East Ayrshire Council, Kilmarnock FC and Strathclyde Police demonstrates a clear commitment to stamping out racism and sectarianism in football and society. Schools in the area are very keen to engage with the campaign and the young people we have worked with are very positive about it.”
Pictured above: Kilmarnock FC players Garry Hay, Lee Ashcroft and Ross Barbour with local primary 7 pupil.