On Thursday 11th February SRtRC were at Vicarage Road
On Thursday 11th February Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event in partnership with Watford F.C and Watford F.C Sports and Education Trust at Vicarage Road. Over 120 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in a SRtRC workshop, 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 Yorke Mead, Little Reddings, Camp and George Street Primary school arrived at Vicarage Road at 12:45 and headed to the ‘1881 Club’ where they would spend the remainder of the afternoon. After a quick introduction the young people went straight into a SRtRC workshop conducted by education worker, Francis Duku. The workshop allowed young people to explore stereotypes, think critically about the way in which we stereotype and allowed the young people to discuss the dangers of stereotyping.
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 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.
On the panel was former Watford F.C player, Gifton Noel-Williams, who played almost two hundred times for the club. Joining Gifton were Watford Ladies F.C players Mollie Burgess and Phoebe Read. Also on the panel were three first team players from Watford F.C, Ikechi Anya, Adlene Guedioura and Odion Ighalo. And finally, to top of an already fantastic panel was former Chairman and former England manager, Graham Taylor.
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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. A prize was generously donated from the club and was given out to the pupil who asked the best question on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Watford F.C and Watford F.C Sports and Education Trust for their ongoing support, and a special thank you to Kristian Hitchins for all his help in organising the event. The power of role models should never be under estimated, therefore a massive thank you to Gifton Noel-Williams, Mollie Burgess, Phoebe Read, Ikechi Anya, Adlene Guedioura, Odion Ighalo and Graham Taylor. Finally, a massive thank you to all the young people for their honest engagement form start to finish.
— ShowRacismtheRedCard (@SRTRC_England) February 11, 2016