Young people from five schools take part in anti-discrimination event
Show Racism the Red Card worked with Norwich City FC and Norwich City Study Support Centre to organise an educational event open to young people from Norfolk Secondary Schools. Year 7,8,9 and 11 pupils from Hellesdon High School, Iceni Academy, Northgate High School and Open Academy, came to the Carrow Road Stadium to take part in workshops that examined racism, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and hate crime.
SRtRC delivered both the workshops about racism and HBT bullying. The campaign used a combination of activities that encourage young people to think critically about discrimination, prejudice and where stereotypes and information come from. Norfolk Police delivered an excellent session about Hate Crime which underlined the consequences of bullying and how serious prejudice can be.
In the afternoon, Norwich City FC first team players Jake Kean and Matt Jarvis took part in a panel question and answer session alongside, Cllr James Joyce, Norfolk County Council, Children’s Services, following a screening of two Show Racism the Red Card films, Homophobia: Let’s Tackle It and Show Racism the Red Card.
There were some excellent questions from the young people about the panel’s own experiences of discrimination and what they could do to support team mates and others who experience bullying and abuse.
Those who asked the panel’s favourite questions of the afternoon received a T-Shirt and mini-football from SRtRC. All of the young people attending received a goody bag which included a magazine and wristband. There was also time to collect autographs from Matt Jarvis and Jake Kean.
The event received press coverage from the Eastern Daily Press and on BBC Radio Norfolk (2n12 – 2h16).
This event was the second in a series of events for young people supported by Department for Education and Government Equalities Office as part of a project Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying in schools.
SRtRC would like to thank Jake, Matt, Councillor James Joyce and all of the schools and young people for attending and participating. Big thanks are also due for Norwich City Study Support Centre and Norwich City FC, particularly to Paul Wickens, Tony Hedges and Ros Watson for all their help in organising the event.