Show Racism the Red Card and Sue Mutter, Advisory Teacher: Gypsy Roma Traveller Education and EAL worked in partnership with Dagenham and Redbridge for a great day of learning and fun.
Students from Cleveland, Ray Lodge, Goodmayes and Aldershot Schools were invited on the 26/1/15 to take part in a series of workshops held at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.
The day began with a brief introduction of the people on the day. From SRtRC we had Osei Sankofa and Clint Easton, and from Gypsy Roma Traveller education we had Sue Mutter with her fantastic volunteers.
Students had an anti-racism workshop with our inspirational educators which focused on terms and definitions, and also discussed myths around stereotypes; using specially developed resources we worked with students to encourage participation and discussion, and students came back with some really interesting comments. The students then had a workshop with Sue talking about racism towards Gypsy and Traveller people, and then a 50 minute ground tour of the stadium!
After lunch the students watched our SRtRC film featuring Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry and Rachel Yankey among others talking about the dangers of racism and their own personal experiences. They were treated to a panel including current Daggers players Scott Doe, Abu Ogogo and current manager Wayne Burnett. In addition the panel included SRtRC staff member Clint Easton, David Landau from Redbridge Equalities and Community Council, Jason Lee, former professional footballer and now equalities representative of the Professional Footballers Association and Redbridge Borough Commander Sue Williams. The students got to test the panel with some very hard questions. Among the best questions was Michael from Ray Lodge School who got the panel deliberating with his thought provoking question ‘If you had to sum up racism in one word, what would it be and why?’ and another student who asked ‘Have you ever formed an opinion of someone before you meet them, only to change your mind when you do meet?’ After many more great questions the best three were picked and the winners received a SRtRC T-shirt, SRtRC mini football, and tickets to the Dagenham and Redbridge FC match this weekend!
Show Racism the Red Card would like to sincerely thank Dagenham and Redbridge FC and Redbridge Council who funded the work, for their continued and staunch support with this valuable work.