Show Racism the Red Card educational event with the Potters
If we can make people aware of tackling racism with our actions on the pitch and through football, then that is great.
Mamady Sidibe, Stoke City FC
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) worked with Stoke City FC and Stoke City in the Community to organise an educational event for 100 young people at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters invited young people from Newstead Primary, Ravenswood Primary and Chesterton Community Sports College to the event held in the Waddington Suite. The afternoon began with an hour long educational session which included a game, some interactive activities examining stereotypes and where they come from and a definition on racism. As the event took place on St George’s Day there was also some discussion and information about St George!
Following the educational activities, the audience were able to see a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card DVD, which provided some useful inspiration for the Question and Answer sessions which followed.
To take young people’s questions SRtRC were joined by Stoke City FC and Mali international striker Mamady Sidibe, former Stoke and Portsmouth striker Vincent Pericard and SRtRC honorary patron and former Wolves goalkeeper, Matt Murray.
There were also some prizes for the panel’s favourite questions, SRtRC T-Shirts and mini-footballs for the top three and a signed Stoke City FC football for the panel’s very top question.
The panel handled a variety of questions on racism really well; the young people were keen to hear about their own experiences in and outside of football. The top question of the day was from a young person at Newstead Primary school who asked “Why was it OK for white people to be treated right and black people to be treated differently?”
The panel were able to stay and sign autographs for the whole audience and were happy to pose for photos. The event was covered by the club’s website and there is an excellent piece on the SCFC news page.
SRtRC would like to thank Stoke City FC, Mamady, Vincent and Matt and all of the young people for attending. Big thanks also to Steve Hunt for all of his help in arranging the event. We look forward to working with the club again soon.