The Rams and Derbyshire County Council join forces to ‘Show Racism the Red Card.’
“Today has provided these young people with a fantastic opportunity to come and learn about a very serious topic in a hugely engaging environment.Both Ryan and Zak represented the club brilliantly and their responses to questions about racism generated a lot of positive discussion.”
James Kingett, Campaign Worker, Show Racism the Red Card
Young people from 5 different schools across Derbyshire were invited to the iPro Stadium last week as Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held its annual event with DCFC.
Over 80 young people from Heathfields Primary School, Barrow Hill Primary School, St Thomas Catholic Primary School, Swanwick Junior and Bradley Primary School arrived at the stadium and were escorted to the Dave MacKay suite via the players official entrance to begin their day exploring he issue of racism.
Lyndon Roberts, Inclusion Manager for Derby County Community Trust welcomed the attendees to the iPro before Derbyshire County Council’s Gerty Whitfield explained why the council supports SRtRC and described some of the equality work delivered by DCC.
The young people then took part in a carousel of anti-racism and inclusion workshops delivered by SRtRC and local education partners Global Education Derby. Attendees were encouraged to explore the formation of stereotypes and the impact that this can have on the development of racist attitudes. Issues of respect, identity belonging were also examined in an engaging and interactive way.
Staff from the Derby County Community Trust also led young people on an access-all-areas tour of the iPro stadium which included a trip to the dressing rooms and a sit down in the coaching area.
In the afternoon, the young people took part in a screening of the SRtRC educational film featuring footballers from around the work explaining their support for the campaign and providing a background on the history of racism.
This provided the perfect preparation for a ‘mock press conference’; where the young people took on the role of journalists for the day and put their questions about racism to a panel of special guests.
Former Notting Forest striker and Boston United manager Jason Lee was on hand to offer a perspective on racism within society in the late 70’s and 80’s and shared his experiences of racism during his career. Now an Equalities Education Executive for the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), Jason also explained the union’s role in helping to educate current players about acceptable behaviour and terminology.
The star guests of the press conference were DCFC first team defenders Zak Whitbread and Ryan Shotton. Both players gave up their afternoon to speak to the young people about their experiences of racism and to provide advice on how to deal with it.
Zak described the racism he received whilst playing abroad which helped reinforce some of the learning from the day which explained that anybody can receive racism, irrespective of their skin colour. Ryan described what he would do if a team mate ever experienced racism and explained the value of working with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Both spoke very intelligently and engagingly on the subject before selecting their favourite questions of the press conference and going on to sign autographs for all of the young people in attendance.
Speaking about the event, James Kingett, Campaign Worker with SRtRC said “Today has provided these young people with a fantastic opportunity to come and learn about a very serious topic in a hugely engaging environment.”
“Our partnerships with the club, the Derby County Community Trust, Derbyshire County Council and Global Education Derby have enabled us to deliver a really valuable event which received some glowing feedback from teachers and young people alike”.
“Both Ryan and Zak represented the club brilliantly and their responses to questions about racism generated a lot of positive discussion.”
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at DCFC, and especially the staff from Derby County Community Trust for their support in organising such a worth while event.
Thanks also go to Derbyshire County Council and the PFA for their ongoing g sponsorship of the SRtRC campaign, and to local partners Global Education Derby.