St Johnstone FC
Around 70 Primary Six and Seven pupils from Viewlands and Goodlyburn Primary Schools attended a Show Racism the Red Card event hosted by St Johnstone FC at McDiarmid Park on Monday 29th April 2013.
As well as being educated about the problem of racism, the children met first team St Johnstone players Gwion Edwards and Marcus Maddison for autographs and posed as media journalists for their very own ‘role play’ press conference with the players on racism and sectarianism in football and society. The young people also had a fun and fitness coaching session from ex-professional footballers Michael Weir and Steven Bell.
Additionally, the event included an anti-sectarianism workshop facilitated by ex-professional footballer Derek Ferguson as part of the campaigns Show Bigotry the Red Card project, which has been introduced by the Scottish Government to teach young children about the issue of sectarianism.
Councillor Douglas Pover, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said:
“There is no place for racism or bigotry anywhere, and this is a wonderful opportunity to reach some of our younger citizens, giving them an insight into the negative effects racism and bigotry can have. We made sure that as well as carrying a serious message, the day was full of fun and enjoyment for the kids.
“This event for youngsters continues our very successful partnership work in this area. We are very grateful to St Johnstone FC and Show Racism the Red Card for their continued help, support and commitment to this area of work in Perth and Kinross.”
Pictured above: St Johnstone FC first team players Marcus Maddison and Gwion Edwards with pupils from Goodlyburn and Viewlands Primary Schools.