on Tuesday 10th November the campaign team visited the Molineux Stadium to run an educational event to local young people
"If some people think it's only a football problem they are wrong.
Sometimes people like to put all of the problems on football, on fans and players. It's a society problem that needs to be sorted out from a young age for it not to be passed on to the future.
Hopefully in the future we will see less and less racism.”
Nouha Dicko, Wolverhampton Wanderers
On Tuesday 10th November Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, and Education Workers, Rosie Ferries and Richard Offiong visited the Molineux Stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club to run an educational event with young people from the local area.
St Johns, St Andrews and St Stephens were the three schools, who combined, brought with them 80 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 Workers, Rosie and Richard. 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. Both Rosie and Richard led an informative and open discussion which saw the young people heavily involved in contributing their ideas.
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 Doncaster player who is also an Education Worker for the campaign, Richard Offiong. Joining Rosie and Richard was cabinet member Elias Mattu who works within Wolverhampton City Council. To round off a brilliant panel was Wolverhampton Wanderers first team player Nouha Dicko. The panel took it in turns to answer the questions that the young people put forward.
How can we stop racism? What does Racism mean to you? How did racism start? Why are people racist to people who are different?
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.
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, Phoebe, who asked “Why are people racist to each other?” won a Wolverhampton Wanderers shirt which had been signed by the first team. After the prizes had been given out, there was an opportunity for each young person to get their poster signed by Nouha Dicko and receive a goody bag.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C and in particular Samuel Flatley, Katrina Hull and Will Clowes for all their help in organising the event. The campaign would also like to thank Wolverhampton City Council for their continued support of the campaign. The campaign would like to say a massive thank you to Nouha Dicko for taking the time out of their day to come and work with the young people and share his experience of racism 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.