Over 100 young people from the Mayflower Federation School and Southwark Park Primary School visited the New Den to explore issues of racism
Millwall FC and Millwall for All hosted their annual Show Racism the Red Card event on Monday as part of a longstanding partnership which has seen the inducted into the anti-racism charity’s Hall of Fame in recognition of their work to challenge racism.
The young people took part in a variety of activities designed to explore issues including assumptions, stereotyping and the concept of identity. The activities and workshops are focused around the development of critical thinking skills to equip young people with questioning minds.
Staff from Show Racism the Red Card led workshops which enable participants to begin to explore the nature of prejudice; working with them to create a definition of racism which helps them to effective recognise and safely challenge discrimination.
FA-commissioned artist and SRtRC supporter Colin Yates led art-based activities exploring identity and showcased artwork from his exhibitions charting the history of black footballers and the rise of Women in football.
Staff from Millwall for All’s community-based programme also delivered a series of participation-focused football activities.
After lunch, the young people watched a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card 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 school-pupils were then given the opportunity to ask questions about the issue of racism to a panel of special guests, building on their learning from the day. Guests included campaign supporters Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, national officer at Unite the Union and Vicky Foxcroft, Labour representative for Lewisham, who were joined by former Charlton player and SRtRC worker Osei Sankofa and Millwall Lionesses defender Dionne Lennon.
The panel provided answers to some thoughtful questions from the young people and prizes were awarded for the best questions of the session.
Proceedings were brought to a close when Millwall FC striker Ricardo Fuller arrived fresh from training to help sign autographs and found of a hugely exciting and educational day.
A further report on the event together with a set of images can be viewed via the Millwall FC website.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all at Millwall FC and commend them for their continued anti-racism work. Special thanks go to Millwall for All’s Marc Elliot for his continued support, as well as to Ricardo Fuller and Dionne Lennon for their participation in the event.
Thanks also go to Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe and Vicky Foxcroft, and to all of the young people who took part with such enthusiasm.