The Owls welcome Show Racism the Red Card to Hillsborough for annual event featuring French star Jeremy Helan.
“You all now have an important job to do. You need to go back to your schools and tell everyone what you have learned. You need to Show Racism the Red Card.”
Jeremy Helan, Sheffield Wednesday FC
Over 100 young people from two local schools visited Hillsborough to take part in a range of anti-racism educational activities delivered by Show Racism the Red Card supported by UCATT, the trade union specialising in construction.
The young people, from Hillsborough School and Greenfield Primary School had the opportunity to put their questions on the subject of racism to Wednesday player Jeremy Helan who generously gave up his time to take part in the event.
French-born Helan, who joined the club from Manchester City in 2013, received a warm welcome and spoke passionately and eloquently about racism and the role of education in helping to tackle it.
He explained to the young people that there is no such thing as different ‘races’ and that people, irrespective of their skin colour or nationality, are all part of the human race.
Clearly impressed with the quality of the questions from the young people, Jeremy had the difficult task of selecting his favourite three before signing autographs for all involved.
Winners included Charlotte from Hillsborough school who asked “How can we stop racism?” and Tiko who asked “Has racism changed over the years?”
Before leaving, Helan thanked the young people for coming and for taking the issue so seriously saying “You all now have an important job to do. You need to go back to your schools and tell everyone what you have learned. You need to Show Racism the Red Card.”
The pupils then watched a screening of the SRtRC anti-racism education film which features footballers and young people talking about their experiences of racism, explains the history of racism and how it effects people and highlights extreme examples of racism including the murder of Merseyside teenager Anthony Walker.
The young people also worked on a definition of racism designed to help them recognise it when it occurs and explored the ways in which stereotypes and assumptions about skin colour, nationality, religion and culture lay the foundations for prejudice.
SRtRC would like to thank UCATT for their sponsorship, all partners at Sheffield Wednesday for their continued support for the campaign and would like to pay special tribute to Jeremy Helan; a role model in every sense.