Full day event with the Royals for local young people
Show Racism the Red Card worked with Reading FC Community Trust to organise a full-day educational event for young people from local schools. Groups from Redlands Primary School and Christ the King Primary were able to come to the Madejski stadium and take part in workshops.
SRtRC delivered a workshop examining stereotypes, a definition of racism and covering some terminology. The workshop led by former professional footballer and SRtRC Patron, Paul Mortimer, was well received and readily participated in by the young people.
As was a special workshop delivered by football artist Colin Yates. Colin had brought his exhibition of paintings of Black footballers with him which guests and young people were able to view throughout the day. As well as talking to pupils about the history of racism in football, Colin also delivered a practical activity that looked at ‘identity’ through mask making which the young people enjoyed.
Following the morning’s workshops all of the young people were able to take in a tour of the Madejski stadium, including the dressing rooms and the dug-out area.
Everyone came back together for a re-cap of the morning’s themes followed by a screening of the SRtRC DVD. The year 5&6 pupils were then able to put their questions about racism to a panel of special guests which included Paul Mortimer, former England and Watford striker and SRtRC patron Luther Blissett and Reading FC Community Cohesion Officer and British Tae Kwon-do champion, Jay Gilbert.
The young people asked some brilliant questions about the panel’s experiences and they were happy to offer their advice on how they could respond to racism if they experienced or witnessed it.
All of the young people left the event with a goody bag containing Reading FC materials and SRtRC resources, presented to them by Kingsley the Lion, the club’s mascot!
SRtRC would like to thank Jay Gilbert and Reading FC Community Trust for all their help in organising and hosting the event. We look forward to working with the club again soon.