Doncaster Rovers FC host anti racism education event for over 60 young people from two local schools
Pupils from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Woodfield Primary schools visited the Keepmoat Stadium last week to learn more about racism, hate crime, homophobia and what they can do to ensure that their community remains free from prejudice and discrimination.
The annual event, which is generously sponsored by Doncaster Council, is organised by Show Racism the Red Card and features anti racism education activities designed to help young people explore the foundations of prejudice and the significance of stereotypes in helping to contribute to the development of racism.
The event was delivered in partnership with South Yorkshire Police and local anti-discrimination organisation Doncaster Pride. The young people took part in a carousel of workshops including interactive discussions about hate crime delivered by PC Victoria Lister of South Yorkshire Police who helped explain the laws that are in place to protect people from racism and provided a perspective on what the police are doing to help ensure that Doncaster is safe from racism and other forms of discrimination.
Andrew Roe of Doncaster Pride lead anti-homophobia activities which encouraged young people to treat everyone equally, and looked at the important issue of homophobic language and the environment that it creates.
All students also took part in a ground tour organised by DRFC Trust, who are long time supporters of Show Racism the Red Card.
Once all of the workshops were complete, the afternoon’s proceedings were formally opened by Deputy Mayor Councillor Glynn Jones of Doncaster Council, who spoke with pride about the ten year association with SRtRC and gave his views on why education is key to challenging racism.
The young people then watched a screening of the SRtRC anti racism education film which features the likes of Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba and Ryan Giggs explaining more about the issue of racism and providing advice about what young people should do if they experience prejudice in any form.
The pupils then took on the role of journalists as they put questions about racism and discrimination to a panel of special guests. Former Doncaster Rovers player Tim Ryan who now works for the DRFC Trust was joined by Doncaster Rugby League players Pas Dunn and Mitch Clarke. The pair, who hail from New Zealand, gave their perspective on how racism makes people feel. The panel was also made up of PC Victoria Lister of South Yorkshire Police and Andrew Roe of Doncaster Pride and was completed with an appearance from Doncaster Rovers centre half Andy Butler who explained to the young people what he would do if he ever received racism on the pitch and described how he would deal with racism as a referee.
The pupils asked a fantastic array of thoughtful questions about the nature of prejudice and prizes were awarded for the best questions of the day. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Doncaster Council – all young people also left with a SRtRC goody bag featuring a wristband and magazine.
SRtRC would like to thank Doncaster Rovers Football Club for its continued campaign support and Doncaster Council whose funding continues to ensure that school children from Doncaster have the opportunity to explore the issues associated with racism in an interactive and engaging way.
The campaign would also like to thank partners Doncaster Pride and South Yorkshire Police for their excellent workshop delivery, thanks also goes to DRFC Trust for their continued support.
Special thanks also to Doncaster Rovers Andy Butler, and Doncaster Rugby League’s Pas Dunn & Mitch Clarke who provided fantastic answers to questions on racism and helped make the day memorable for all participants.