Members of the England squad for this summer’s World Cup finals stand up against racism with positive message for young people and communities
“Posters featuring footballers are some of the most popular and inspiring materials that the organisation produces, and are great for displaying in schools, offices and homes as a means of showing support for both the football team in question and the positive anti-racism message which the charity promotes.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, Show Racism the Red Card
England internationals including Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Joe Hart have shown support for Show Racism the Red Card and used their positions as role models to encourage fans to challenge racism.
In anticipation of the start of the tournament next week, Show Racism the Red Card are realising an official England World Cup poster which will be available in print as well as assessable as a download via the SRtRC website.
The image, taken during an England training camp earlier this year features the stars of the squad holding up red cards in a version of the popular model used by the anti-racism education charity over many years. Each season, SRtRC produces team posters for the majority of professional clubs throughout England to use as part of educational and promotional events with young people.
The reverse of the poster will also feature artwork developed by young people themselves through participation in the annual SRtRC National Schools Competition, which also sends out strong messages about why racism has no place in today’s society.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card spoke about the launch of the poster, saying “Posters featuring footballers are some of the most popular and inspiring materials that the organisation produces, and are great for displaying in schools, offices and homes as a means of showing support for both the football team in question and the positive anti-racism message which the charity promotes.”
“It is also an excellent opportunity to be able to further showcase the fantastic work of young people who are also seeking to challenge racism and we hope that this will help increase the longevity of the poster beyond this summer’s tournament. Once the World Cup is over, people will be able to turn the poster around and display the powerful art work to continue to show their support.”
“Everyone connected with Show Racism the Red Card would like to wish England the best of luck during the World Cup, and thank the FA for their continued support for the campaign.”
Production of the poster has been made possible not only through support from the FA, but also through generous sponsorship from SRtRC supporters and trade unions Unite, UCATT and the NUT.
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity and was established in January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in their schools, their workplaces and at events held in football stadiums. Across Britain, SRtRC delivers training to more than 50,000 individuals per year.
Show Racism the Red Card’s annual schools competition celebrates anti-racism work developed by young people. The competition is open to young people of all ages and abilities and welcomes entries in any medium including artwork, creative writing, music and film.
Entrants to the competition are required to work with Show Racism the Red Card resources in an educational setting before producing their final project which can be submitted into a variety of categories.