Educational Event with the Millers first of 2014/15 in England
Show Racism the Red Card held the first educational event of the season in England at Rotherham United FC on Monday 6th October.
Around 60 young people from local secondary schools took part in workshops delivered by SRtRC and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust that discussed prejudice, stereotypes and racism. The young people also ngot to experience a tour of the New York Stadium.
This was the first of a targeted 50 events this season with clubs across the four top English leagues this season. You can keep up to date with the forthcoming events here.
In the afternoon all groups came back together to see a screening of the SRtRC film and take part in a question and answer session about racism. Rotherham United FC striker Jonson Clarke-Harris answered the young peoples’ questions alongside Mark Cummins of Rotherham United CST.
Jonson chose his top four questions to receive prizes of SRtRC T-Shirts and the top prize received a signed ball from the club. The top questions were:
Do you feel safe coming to matches with what has been happening in Rotherham? – Dylan
What would you do if someone was being racist to you in your face? – Becky
If your friend was racially abused would you retaliate in the same way as if it was to you? – Ryan
What does racism mean to you personally? – Gracie
Jonson gave very honest answers to all the questions on the day. In response to Dylan’s question about recent community tensions and far-right demonstrations in the town, Jonson said he never felt unsafe coming to matches and he and Mark reflected on how some members of the community probably do feel more unsafe as a consequence of recent events.
Two more players from the club, Ryan Hall and Richard Smallwood were able to attend, sign posters and pose for photographs with the young people. Paul Douglas, Rotherham United Chief Executive, joined in with some of the photos too. The afternoon session really underlined the club’s commitment to stand up against racism and the young people were presented with a very positive message.
SRtRC would like to thank Jonson Clarke-Harris, Ryan Hall and Richie Smallwood for attending and participating, Paul Douglas and Rotherham United and big thanks to Mark Cummins and all at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust for their ongoing partnership and support.