On Thursday 15th October Huddersfield Town hosted an educational event with SRtRC
“The Club holds a very important place in the local community and prides itself on being a welcoming environment for everyone to come and enjoy a day’s football, regardless of background or race."
Andy Booth, Huddersfield Town Ambassador and former player
On Thursday 15th October Huddersfield Town Football Club hosted a Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) educational event at their training ground, The Canalside Sports Complex. Christchurch Academy, St Thomas and Shepley First Schools were the three school who attended on the day and together brought with them over 60 young people.
The event started with an introduction into the afternoon and a reminder of what was in store for the young people. Straight from the introduction the children were on their feet being mentally warmed up by Campaign Worker, James Kingett, who conducted the SRtRC workshop. The workshop which is designed to help young people explore the ways in which individuals stereotype and the dangers of stereotyping ran brilliantly thanks to the honest engagement from the young people at the event. When James (SRtRC Campaign Worker) posed the question to the audience of young people, “Why do you think we did that activity just then?” which was followed up with the reply of “You should never judge a book by its cover” it rounded of the workshop perfectly.
Once the young people had a bathroom break and had got themselves refreshments, which were provided courtesy of Huddersfield Town, they found their way back to their seats to watch the SRtRC educational film. Once the film had finished it was time to introduce the panel of special guests. Campaign worker, Ben Holman, sat on the panel alongside Huddersfield Town first team players Tommy Smith and Nahki Wells. Also joining the panel was former Leeds United and Sheffield United player Brian Deane. The final special guest to be introduced to the panel was Chris Powell, current Huddersfield Town manager and a long-time supporter of the campaign. Chris has taken part in a number of SRtRC films as well as featuring in the campaigns Hall of Fame.
The young people from the three schools had evidentially been thinking about the questions throughout the afternoon workshop and film as they put forward some very well thought out questions.
What would you do if you were being racially abused and had no support? Why do people choose to be racist? What can people do to help stop racism?
These were just a few examples of the questions which the panel took it in turn to answer. The former and current players recalled from their experience of racism on and off the pitch to help provide the young people with examples when answering their questions.
Once the Q&A came to a close the young people were given an opportunity to get their Huddersfield Town posters signed from the former and current players. The best question on the day went a young girl called Jody who won herself a signed Huddersfield Town football provided by the club. To round off a brilliant afternoon, in each SRtRC card goody-bag Huddersfield Town also provided every young person in attendance a match ticket for themselves and one adult to an upcoming game.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a massive thank you to Andy Booth who organised the majority of the event and made it a successful afternoon for everyone involved. The campaign would also like to thank Rachel Taylor and all the staff at the Canalside Sports Complex for their help on the day. The power of role models should never be underestimated, and therefore, a massive thank you to Tommy Smith, Nahki Wells, Brian Deane and Chris Powell who took time out of their day to engage and converse with the young people. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people involved on the day for their honest and frank engagement.
Click here to view the Facebook gallery of pictures from the Huddersfield Town club event