Show Racism the Red Card shine the spotlight on their work with 12,036 young people at the Scottish Parliament.
Leading anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card, let Scotland’s MSPs know about their work with 12,036 young people in academic year 13-14 at an event, hosted by Glasgow MSP Drew Smith.
MSPs joined their supporters from the world of football, equality and education to celebrate a year of sterling work educating against prejudice.
At the event, SRtRC Education Coordinator Dee Matthew spoke of the importance of providing young people with the right information to dispel the myths that can provide the foundations for prejudiced ideas.
Michael Weir (ex-Hibs and Millwall) and current SRtRC educational coach explained his motivations for getting involved with the campaign and the difference he sees as a result of the work.
Brian Greatorex from Pilton Youth and Children’s Project then took the time to talk about the quality of the support SRtRC resources could lend projects attempting to promote equality. He was followed by Shaun Ferrie from Ayr United FC who told the audience about the SRtRC event held with his youth players in April and its significance in challenging racism within that setting.
Jack Ross from the Professionals Footballers Association talked about the significance of involving footballers within the campaign. Jack then introduced Amy Liston, a fourth-year pupil from Leith Academy. Amy was a finalist in the 2014 SRtRC Creative Competition and she explained her motivation for taking part. Amy had witnessed many of her friends being racially abused and wanted to make a stance that this wasn’t acceptable.
Vice-chair of Fifpro and co-founder of he SRtRC campaign in Scotland, Tony Higgins expressed the power of football to challenge societal issues and talked of excitement about the campaign extending its international reach with Fifpro support.
Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, Ged Grebby closed the event by reminding the audience that despite the work of the equality work organisations, racism is still rearing its head across Scotland. He stressed the need for continued financial support from Scottish Government to allow SRtRC to continue to develop their model of equipping young people and community leaders with the resources to challenge racism.
Drew Smith MSP, said:
“I was delighted to host this event which will draw MSPs attention to the powerful work SRtRC are doing in their communities. The organisation works with professional football to deliver workshops and a high profile campaign, which challenges racism towards those with BAME backgrounds, asylum seekers and refugees, people from Gypsy, Roma and Travelling communities as well as challenging Islamophobia sectarianism.
Their model has proven extremely effective with 71% their participants who admitted to behaving in a racist or sectarian manner in the past saying that they would not do so again and 91% of participants feeling confident to challenge or report racism or sectarianism.”