Show Racism the Red Card visited St Johnstone FC’s McDiarmid Park on Monday 28th April for a full day educational event with local school pupils.
There is no place for racism or bigotry anywhere, and this is a wonderful opportunity to reach some of our younger citizens, giving them an insight into the negative effects racism and bigotry can have. We made sure that as well as carrying a serious message, the day was full of fun and enjoyment for the kids.
This event for youngsters continues our very successful partnership work in this area. We are very grateful to St Johnstone FC and Show Racism the Red Card for their continued help, support and commitment to this area of work in Perth and Kinross.
Councillor Jack Coburn, Vice-Chair of the Community Safety Committee
Show Racism the Red Card visited St Johnstone FC’s McDiarmid Park on Monday 28th April for a full day educational event with local school pupils. Over 80 young people from Tulloch Primary, Craigie Primary and Arngask Primary attended the event along with Councillor Jack Coburn from Perth and Kinross Council and Kirsty Harker from Education and Children’s services with Perth and Kinross Council.
The day was designed to promote messages of equality and respect, allowing the young people to explore their views and knowledge about racism in a safe environment whilst learning about some of the history and the consequences of racism in our society. The pupils took part in interactive workshops which were led by the SRtRC education team, exploring stereotypes and the consequences of this and also looking at current terminology with regard to racist language.
Red Card ex-professionals Derek Ferguson and Robbie Winters lead a fun and fitness session for the young people highlighting the importance of good communication and team work as well as having respect for others. Each workshop and highlighted the importance of respect, equality, and good attitude.
After viewing the SRtRC educational DVD the group was joined by Red Card supporter Councillor Jack Coburn and Kirsty Harker, Education and Support Officer with Perth and Kinross Council along with Dave Black from St Johnstone’s Community Coaching team. These guests then formed a panel of speakers alongside the Red Card coaches to take questions from the pupils about racism in society and football.
The session was funded by the Perth & Kinross Community Safety Partnership and supported by Perth & Kinross Council, as part of their continued partnership with SRTRC and St Johnstone FC.