Club Captain Nemanja Vidic answers young people’s questions about racism
SRtRC worked in partnership with Manchester United Foundation to organise an educational event for young people from local schools, which was supported by Manchester City Council.
Year 5 pupils from Willows Primary School and Seymour Park Primary School came to the Europa Suite at Old Trafford to take part in workshops from SRtRC, which examined stereotypes and where they come from, a definition of racism and encouraged young people to think critically about information they receive.
In the afternoon the audience came back together to put their questions to a panel which included club captain Nemanja Vidic, SRtRC Education Worker, Laura Pidcock and Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Lead Member for Race, Manchester City Council.
The young people had put a lot of thought into their questions throughout the morning and brought some interesting and insightful answers from the panel who were happy to share their experiences and advice.
Manchester United FC provided a team shirt, signed by Nemanja’s defensive partner Rio Ferdinand, as a prize for the panel’s favourite question of the session. SRtRC made some T-Shirts and mini-footballs available for runners-up prizes, which were then signed by Nemanja Vidic.
As the panel decided on their favourite questions, the Serbia international took a few questions from the floor about football. Some of the football questions were more difficult than the ones on racism!
The panel’s favourite question of the day was ‘Do you think that people who are racist should be punished or put in prison?
Following presentation of the prizes to the young people, all of the audience was able to get a copy of the SRtRC / Manchester United FC poster signed before Nemanja Vidic left.
To close the event, the SRtRC film was screened and the young people left with goody bags including SRtRC resources and a wristband from MU Foundation.
The campaign would like to thank Manchester United Foundation for their help in organising the event, particularly to Gilliam Mitchell. Big thanks must also go to Manchester United FC for their support and Manchester City Council for their sponsorship of the event.
SRtRC look forward to working with all partners again in the future.