Club host education event for local school children and answer questions on racism
Portsmouth F.C hosted the latest Show Racism the Red Card education event in which young people were introduced to the dangers of stereotyping and we able to take part in a special arranged ‘anti-racism press conference’.
Fratton Park, which had just about dried out following the torrential rain storm which saw Tuesday’s game with Wycombe Wanderers abandoned, was the venue which provided the opportunity for primary school children from the local area to safely discuss racism and meet their heroes.
Over 50 young people from Corpus Christie Catholic Primary School and Cottage Grove Primary School arrived at the stadium to take part in an anti-racism education workshop delivered by former Charlton Athletic midfielder and SRtRC worker Paul Mortimer.
The young people were joined by a group of economics students from Poland who were visiting the club as part of a work experience programme.
The workshop focused on the dangers of judging people and explored some of the negatives of stereotyping as a foundation for the development of racist and prejudicial attitudes. The young people were given a simple definition of racism and were advised on what to do if they or anyone they know encountered racism.
After a screening for the Show Racism the Red Card film, in which professional footballers and young people discuss their experiences of racism, both within sport and society, the primary school pupils took on the role of journalists in a specially arranged anti-racism press conference.
Taking part in the press conference were current Portsmouth stars Patrick Agyemang, defender Bondz N’Gala and goalkeeper Phil Smith, who answered questions on racism from the young reporters together with SRtRC’s Paul Mortimer.
Questions included ‘What do you do to support anti-racism initiatives?’ as well as ‘Have any of your friends or team-mates suffered any racist abuse and what did you do about it?’.
Following the completion of the press conference, the players selected their favourite three questions and handed out signed Show Racism the Red Card t-shirts to the winners. The event was completed with an autograph signing session, before the young people left to prepare assemblies on the days learning to be delivered to the rest of their schools.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Portsmouth Football Club for their excellent support for the campaign and for hosting such a fantastic day for the young people.
Special thanks go to Pompey stars Patrick Agyemang, Bondz N’Gala and Phil Smith and to Pompey in the Community CEO Clare Martin.