150 sixth formers from Sandwell Academy take part in anti-racism workshop and challenge the stereotypes surrounding racism and immigration
“Footballers are role models, whether they like it or not and if we can have a positive impact on anti-racism then that can only be a good thing”
Billy Jones, professional footballer with West Bromwich Albion
The Sandwell Academy School was the venue for a fantastic education event with West Bromwich Albion and The Albion Foundation. 150 sixth form students were invited by the club to take part in a series of anti-racism activities as part of their commitment to supporting integration within the local community.
Show Racism the Red Card staff, lead by former professional football Christian Roberts, delivered an hour-long anti racism workshop which included an overview of the campaign’s work over the last 17 years.
The young people were asked to consider the information they receive from parents, friends and the media and to think critically about the authenticity of information, particularly around the issue of immigration.
Stereotypes surrounding Muslims, Immigrants and Gypsy and Traveller communities were discussed in a safe environment; with the young people given the opportunity to raise questions and share their experiences.
The workshop was followed by a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card film, in which professional football players and young people discuss their experiences of racism in society and provide advice about what should be done to tackle the issue.
Finally, the young people were given the opportunity to ask questions of a special panel of guests including SRtRC’s Christian Roberts, former Wolves goalkeeper and Sky Sports pundit Matt Murray, Alison Tripney, Education and Inclusion Manager at The Albion Foundation and West Bromwich Albion full back Billy Jones.
The pupils had prepared some insightful and challenging questions on issues including Black History Month, the lack of Asian players in professional football and the impact of campaigns such as Show Racism the Red Card. Tickets to a Baggies home game were generously provided by The Albion Foundation as prizes for the three best questions of the day.
Show Racism the Red card would like to say a huge thank you to West Bromwich Albion, especially to Billy Jones for giving up his time to take part in the event. Thanks also goes to the generosity of the Albion Foundation and finally to the sixth form students from Sandwell Academy for making the event such a success.