On Wednesday 14th October Derby County F.C hosted an educational event at the iPro Stadium
"It's fantastic for the young people to come out and get a better understanding of why we want to keep racism away from the game of football and life in general."
Lee Grant, Derby County First Team Player
On Wednesday 14th October, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the iPro Stadium, Derby. 120 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in a SRtRC workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and were involved in a Q&A with first team Derby County players.
Young people from St. Peters Church of England, Cherry Tree Hill and St. Werburghs Primary school took part in the educational afternoon at the iPro Stadium. Campaign Worker, Rosie Ferries, from Show Racism the Red Card delivered a workshop which made young people explore stereotypes, think critically about the way in which individual’s stereotype and the dangers of doing so.
Throughout the afternoon the young people had been asked to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of special guests at the end of the day. With suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel. Councillor Asaf Afzal and Council Leader Ranjit Banwait represented Derby City Council by joining the panel. SRtRC Education Worker, Rosie Ferries, along with former professional footballer and current Equalities Education Executive for the PFA, Jason Lee, contributed to the Q&A with their experiences and knowledge. Finally the panel was completed with the appearances of first team Derby County footballers, Lee Grant and Darren Bent. The panel which had a number of individuals from a variety of industries and backgrounds answered the questions in depth and informatively.
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Young people from each primary school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. How did racism start? What are your own personal experiences of racism? If people know racism is bad why do they still do it? These were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. The current and former players were recalling their experiences of racism on and off the pitch and explaining how it made them feel. The panel also offered advice to the young people on how to report racism and the importance of reporting it.
A pair of match tickets which were generously donated by Derby County Football Club were given as a prize to the best question on the day.
Click here to view our photo album of the Educational Event at the iPro Stadium
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Derby County Football Club for their support in organising the event, a special thanks to Lyndon Roberts for his help in the running of the event. We would like to thank Derby City Council for their continued support of the Campaign. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Jason Lee, Lee Grant and Darren Bent for taking the time out of their day to attend the event. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.
Please follow the links below for more coverage from the Derby County Educational Event:
Derby County: School pupils pitch questions to Rams players about racism at iPro Stadium event
BBC Radio Derby – Show Racism the Red Card Educational Event – Derby County Football Club