Pupils from two North East schools take part in ant-racism workshops before putting their skills and knowledge to the test in front of a panel of current and ex professional footballers.
"It was fantastic to see so many young people so engaged; they really took the journalism task seriously and have produced some fantastic work.
So often the pupils tell us how inspired they are by professional footballers, but yesterday everyone agreed that it was the young people who were inspirational.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card
Newcastle United and Show Racism the Red Card welcomed over 80 pupils to St James Park for a full day of educational workshops and provided them with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning and their budding journalism skills with a ‘press conference’ featuring a panel of professional footballers, ex professionals and coaches.
Year 6 pupils from Stanhope Primary and year 5 pupils from Kells Lane Primary were introduced to the work of Show Racism the Red Card and had been asked to prepare the beginnings of a newspaper article which highlights the work of the campaign to tackle racism in society by using the profile of professional footballers as role models for young people.
Having developed a title for their paper, pupils took notes throughout a full day of anti racism educational workshops which culminated in a ‘press conference’ where the ‘journalists’ could posed questions on racism to a panel which included Newcastle United stars Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara.
Through a range of engaging and interactive workshops, the young people were introduced to the history of racism within society and were challenged to explore their own prejudices and tasked with thinking critically about their knowledge of skin colour, religion, nationality and culture.
Encouraged to make notes throughout, the pupils from both schools worked to develop their newspaper articles and thanks to generous contributions from Newcastle United and NUFC fanzine ‘The Mag’; the best article will be selected with the ‘journalist’ responsible winning a football signed by the entire Newcastle United first team squad.
Following a showing of the Show Racism the Red Card educational film, the journalists were invited to put their questions to an expert panel featuring Ex Newcastle United players John Anderson, Olivier Bernard and Richard Offiong, as well as former Sunderland AFC stalwart Gary Bennett, Crystal Palace legend Dean Gordon and former Cambridge United and Leicester City striker Trevor Benjamin.
The panel was joined by Show Racism the Red Card volunteer and Newcastle United blogger Natasha Bougourd as well as special guests Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara.
Prizes were awarded for the three best questions by event sponsor Simpson Millar, and the pupils day was rounded off in style with an autograph signing session and photo opportunity with the footballers.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone at Newcastle United for a fantastic day, with special thanks going to Mapou and Massadio for giving up their time so generously.
We would also like to thank event sponsors Simpson Millar and competition judges ‘The Mag’. The winning article will be published by the Newcastle Chronicle and Show Racism the Red Card in the coming weeks.
Finally, a big thank you to all of the ‘journalists’ from Stanhope Primary and Kells Lane Primary for their brilliant work throughout the day.