Adams Park was the venue for a half-day educational event on Tuesday 23rd February
“Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust and Wycombe Wanderers FC are very proud and excited to be working in partnership with Show Racism the Red Card in an effort to educate local school children on the negative effects of racism, and to promote the formation of all-inclusive attitudes concerned with racial differences from a young age.
Wycombe is a town whose residents originate from all over the world and this diversity should be celebrated. With the help of Show Racism the Red Card workshops like this hopefully that can be achieved and levels of community cohesion increased as a result.”
Paul Foley, Head of Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education
On Tuesday 23rd February Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event in partnership with Wycombe Wanderers F.C and Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) at Adams Park. 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 Loudwater Primary, Oakridge Primary, Hughenden Primary and High Wycombe C of E Primary arrived at Adams Park at 12:45 and headed to the ‘Vere Suite’ where they would spend the remainder of the afternoon. After a quick introduction the young people went straight into a SRtRC workshop conducted by Steve Goodsell and Shona Chitate-Samuriwo. 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 Show Racism the Red Card worker, Shona Chitate-Samuriwo. Joining Shona was Paul Foley, who is head of Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust. Also on the panel was first team player from Wycombe Wanderers who is currently on loan from Southampton F.C, Jason McCarthy.
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. 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 Wycombe Wanderers F.C and Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust for their ongoing support, and a special thank you to Paul Foley for all his help in organising the event. The power of role models should never be under estimated, therefore a massive thank you to Jason McCarthy and Alex Lynch for meeting the young people. Finally, a massive thank you to all the young people for their honest engagement form start to finish.