Mount Stuart Primary School in Cardiff hosted our Wales International Team event.
“The support we have received from the FAW has helped build momentum in recent years, as has our continued partnership with players and clubs across Wales.”
Sunil Patel - Campaign Manager Wales
Show Racism the RED Card visited Mount Stuart Primary School in Cardiff for our 2nd ever event with the Welsh International Football team with pupils from Year 5 & 6.
The work didn’t start at the event for the young people. Prior to the day the pupils had the task to research the topic of racism and the history of racism in sport and society. This was in preparation for the afternoons Role play press conference at the event.
The morning session kicked off with Education Worker Aimee Jones and Steve Jenkins delivering a SRtRC Educational workshop to the pupils who took to opportunity to make some notes to add to their research.
The workshop focused on introducing the issue of racism along with challenging myths and stereotypes that exist in society. The last element of the workshop discussed terms with the young people, who explored which words are acceptable or not acceptable to use in society.
The afternoon session saw the pupils watch our educational DVD who received some key messages from their role models in football.
After the DVD it was time for the Role play press conference where the pupils took on the role of media journalists. Using all the research they had done previously along with additional information from the educational workshop & DVD, the pupils were ready with their questions to ask the panel that included Wales International footballers Neil Taylor, David Cotterill and Jonathan Williams along with former Wales’s player Steve Jenkins.
There were some challenging questions in the press conference and the best asked questions won a SRtRC goodie bag.
All the pupils will be using the lessons they have learnt along with the responses from the press conference to design and write their own newspaper article.
The pupils will be representing the school as mascots at the upcoming Wales qualifier matches against Bosnia and Cyprus at the Cardiff City Stadium as part of UEFA’s No to Racism international weeks.
Neil Taylor said: “It’s always nice to help out where we can - I’ve done it a couple of times now.
Racism has now place in this world anymore, in society - that’s the message we’re trying to spread. The earlier we can get to them, the better.
There are sanctions that need to be put in place.
There need to be strict guidelines for racism. We need to make sure when it happens it is dealt with quickly. It’s not just giving people sanctions. It’s educating people about different ethnicities.”
David Cotterill said racist comments he hears probably come “more from the fans than anything else, shouting things at us because we’re Welsh or racially abusing a black teammate.”
“It is going out on a regular basis,” he added. “Probably every weekend you do hear things like that. As Neil said, the sooner we kick this out the better. Hopefully we can get to the stage where there’s no racism around.”
We would like to thank the school for hosting the event, the Football Association of Wales and players Neil, David and Jonathan for their support in the Role play press conference.
The event was sponsored by the Big Lottery, the Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government.
To view photos from the event click HERE
South Wales Echo covered the event and the article can be read HERE
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