Everton Ladies defender Danielle Lea joins SRtRC patron and Liverpool FC’s first black player Howard Gayle to answer questions from young people
This week, Everton FC hosted their annual Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) anti-racism education event at Goodison Park thanks to sponsorship from Liverpool City Council and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.
Over 120 young people from more than 12 schools across Liverpool and Sefton arrived to take part in anti-racism workshops and activities designed to help them think critically about the stereotypes that form the basis for the development of prejudicial attitudes.
SRtRC led a workshop exploring issues including identity, nationality and religion with pupils from years five and six, who developed a definition of racism and examined the ways in which it can affect people.
The young people then watched a screening of the SRtRC education film which features players including Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o and James Milner discussing their experiences of racism and showing their support for the SRtRC campaign.
An updated version of the film is currently in development and will feature interviews with Everton boss Roberto Martinez as well as Everton Ladies captain Michelle Hinnigan.
Throughout the day the young people were encouraged to develop questions on the issue of racism to ask as part of a specially arranged question and answer session. Sandra Tai of Liverpool City Council and Coucillor Ian Moncur from Sefton were joined by SRtRC patron and former professional footballer Howard Gayle. Howard, Liverpool FC’s first ever black player, is one of the campaign’s longest standing supporters and an anti-racism campaigner in his own right.
Completing the panel was Everton Ladies defender Danielle Lea who was taking part in her first SRtRC event. Asked about personal experiences of racism, Howard provided a powerful testimony about his own experiences growing up in Liverpool and about the difficulties he faced as one of the first prominent black professional footballers.
Danielle was asked the tricky question of what she would do if one of her best friends behaved in a racist way and explained that she would talk to them and try to find out why they felt that way before offering her own point of view and trying to convince them to reject their ideas.
Prizes were awarded for the best questions of the day before Howard and Danielle were swamped with autograph requests.
Footage from SRtRC’s annual anti-racism education event with Everton FC can be viewed via the Official Everton FC website.
SRtRC would like to thank all those at Everton Football Club for their dedicated support throughout the campaign’s history. Everton FC are one of only a handful of clubs to be inducted into the SRtRC Hall of Fame in recognition of their anti-racism work.
The campaign would also like to thank partners from Liverpool City Council and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service for their continued support, especially Sandra Tai and Robert Brennan.
Special thanks also goes to Everton Ladies Danielle Lea and SRtRC patron Howard Gayle for taking part in an honest and engaging discussion with the young people.