On Tuesday 19th January NUFC hosted an educational event at St James Park
“It’s very important to educate people.
Sometimes I forget that I am surrounded by so many different cultures, so many different people, so many different religions that it’s normal to me and I don’t think anything of it.
The work that Show Racism the Red Card do is fantastic and we need to keep working together because racism is unacceptable and we must continue to educate those who use racist terms.”
NUFC Goalkeeper, Rob Elliot
On Tuesday 19th January, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at St James Park, home of Newcastle United Football Club. The educational event also coincided with the launch of the Show Racism the Red Card 20th anniversary. 96 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in a carousel of workshops, see a screening of the SRtRC educational film and take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
Young people from Hadrian, Ridgeway, Wyndham and Balliol Primary school took part in three different workshops throughout the morning. Former Footballer and SRtRC Education Worker, Richard Offiong, conducted a workshop which made young people explore stereotypes, think critically about the way in which we stereotype and allowed the young people to discuss the dangers of stereotyping.
The Newcastle United Foundation delivered a brilliant workshop which used examples of the current NUFC first team to discuss multiculturalism. In this workshop the young people also designed their own posters to help combat racism, the winning posters are to be displayed in and around St James Park.
Ground tours were the third workshop on offer during the day which gave the young people a well-deserved stretch of the legs and a chance to view the 52,000 seat stadium. The young people got to enter both the home and away dressing, walk pitch side and sit in the manager’s chair on the side-line.
After lunch the young people reflected on the workshops from the morning and spoke about the key issues which has been discussed. The young people 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.
Throughout the day 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.
On the panel were former Newcastle United footballers and SRtRC Patrons John Anderson, Steve Howey and Oliver Bernard who were joined by former Middlesbrough footballer and SRtRC patron Curtis Fleming. Also on the panel were current Newcastle United Women’s Football Club players Jade Anderson, Ellen Turnbull, Beth Gardener and Abbie Stevens. The youngest member of the panel was 15-year-old, Isra Mohammed, who recently became an internet sensation after she delivered a powerful speech to her peers which was prompted due to her 7-year-old sister being blamed for the attacks in Paris. NUFC Goalkeeper Rob Elliot and NUFC Defender Jamaal Lascelles also joined in the Q&A to round off a fantastic panel.
Young people from each primary school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. How can you stop racism? Have you or anybody you know suffered from racism? 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.
Match tickets were generously donated by Newcastle United Foundation and were given to a pupil from Balliol Primary, Harvey, for asking the best question on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Newcastle United for their continued support of the campaign. The campaign would also like to thank Newcastle United Foundation for taking the time to attend the educational event and run a workshop which highlighted the brilliant work they are doing. A massive thank you to Richard Offiong for the fantastic workshops he ran at the event. The power of role models should never be under estimated, therefore a massive thank you to Olivier Bernard, Steve Howey, John Anderson, Curtis Fleming and both NUFC First Team players Rob Elliot and Jamaal Lascelles. And finally, a big thank you to all the young people for their honest engagement form start to finish.
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