Brunton Park welcomed the SRtRC campaign team to host an educational event on Thursday 22nd October
On Thursday 22nd October Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, and Education Worker, Rosie Ferries, visited Brunton Park, home of Carlisle United Football Club to run an educational event with young people from the local area.
Warwick Bridge Primary, Petteril Bank Community and Inglewood Junior were the three schools, who combined, brought with them just over 75 young people. After the introduction to the afternoon the children were swiftly underway and taking part in a SRtRC workshop which was led by Education Worker, Rosie. Through the workshop the young people explored the ways in which individuals can stereotype and the dangers of doing so. The workshop provided the young people with a great introduction to racism as it was explained how racism is embedded in the fabric of society and the way in which it continues to operate.
The children further developed their understanding of racism by watching the 22-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism. The short film which includes sporting personalities such as Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Gabby Logan and Rachel Yankey as well as personal accounts of racism from young people helped the young people develop their own questions which they would be able to put forward to the special guests during the Q&A session.
Once the film had finished it was time to introduce the panel which would be answering their questions. Education Worker Rosie was joined on the panel by former Newcastle United and long-time support of the SRtRC campaign, Olivier Bernard. Joining Rosie and Olivier on the panel were Carlisle United first team players, Bastien Hery and Kiven Osei. The panel took it in turns to answer the questions that the young people put forward.
Why is racism used so much in sport? What does Racism mean to you? Has another footballer ever been racist to you? How did it make you feel when you received racism?
These are just a few examples of the questions which were put forward to the panel. The panel did a fantastic job of providing examples and advice in their answers. The panel encouraged the young people to report if they suffered from it or knew someone who was. They also made each young person aware that everyone can do something to tackle racism.
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The former and current footballers on the panel picked their favourite three questions from the Q&A, all three winners won a signed SRtRC ball and t-shirt. A young girl, Jordan, who asked “How can you challenge/stop racism?” won a Carlisle United football which had been signed by the first team. After the prizes had been given out, there was an opportunity for each school to get a picture with the panel before heading back to school.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Carlisle United F.C and in particular John Halpin for all his help in organising the event. The campaign would like to say a massive thank you to Olivier Bernard, Bastien Hery and Kevin Osei for taking the time out of their day to come and work with the young people. And finally, a massive thank you to all the young people for the honest and frank engagement from start to finish.