Full-day event for young people from Bolton schools at the Reebok
Young people from four local Primary schools were able to join Show Racism the Red Card at Bolton Wanderers FC for a full day educational event. Organised in partnership with Bolton Wanderers FC Community Trust, Year 5&6 pupils took part in several workshops and had the opportunity to put their questions about racism to a panel of special guests.
The carousel of workshops saw the young people examine stereotypes and a definition of racism with Show Racism the Red Card, look at identity through a practical artwork session led by artist Colin Yates, who also brought an exhibition of his football related art with him which was on display throughout the day and a ground tour of the Reebok Stadium. Each of the young people was able to experience all three sessions.
Following the workshops all of the audience reassembled in the Lion of Vienna Suite where they saw a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card film. The experiences of players and other role-models helped inform and shape a fantastic Q&A session.
The panel for the Q&A included SRtRC Honorary Patron and BWFC first team coach, Curtis Fleming, two of the BWFC first team players, Zat Knight and Mohamed Medo and SRtRC Honorary Patron and form Liverpool player, Howard Gayle.
The panel dealt brilliantly with some very tough questions and there were three prizes for the panel’s favourite questions of the day. They included SRtRC T-Shirts, but the young people were really excited about pairs of match tickets and an official BWFC ball that the panel then signed.
All of the young people were able to leave with a SRtRC goody bag and a signed copy of the new Bolton Wanderers FC / SRtRC poster. A great day was had by all and SRtRC would like to thank all of the young people who attended, the teachers and in particular Bolton Wanderers Community Trust for organising the event with us. We look forward to our next visit to the Reebok!
Bolton News coverage of the event, including interview with Zat Knight here