Students and guests enjoy Brazilian-themed day
It was amazing for the World Cup to come to Southend, particularly to a school that has had adverse publicity at times which is undeserved. The teachers and pupils are a credit to the town, none more so than Rachael O'Brien who is a true inspiration to young people. We are delighted to share in her success.
Steven Goodsell, regional manager
Show Racism the Red Card were proud to be part of an historic day in Southend on the 12/3/14 when the World Cup came to Shoeburyness High School. It was a special event to celebrate the fast approaching FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the achievements of local organisation Achievement Through Football (ATF), in particular the fantastic efforts of Southend based coach Rachael O’Brien within grass-roots sport. Rachael O’Brien was nominated due to her special work coaching local teams which have players from disadvantaged groups in the area. The event was sponsored by Coca-cola, with support from Streetgames and Active Essex.
The weather couldn’t have been better for the event, with the dancers in their Brazilian carnival dress outside in the sports field making the most of the sun and showing off some traditional dances. Fun and games were had by all with opportunities for the students to chat to various celebrities, watch football involving students of Shoebury High School and see the World Cup trophy itself!
Show Racism the Red Card were represented by Southern Regional Manager Steve Goodsell and sessional worker and coach, ex England star Luther Blissett. Luther was a big hit, talking to the students and answering questions, chatting to the teachers and various VIPS, many of whom had fond memories of his playing days at Watford FC.