Young people from 7 local schools given unique opportunity to visit the AON Training Complex and learn more about their role in tackling bullying
Manchester United became the latest club to host a day of interactive educational workshops designed to help young people learn more about homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Through partnership with the Manchester United Foundation, campaign workers from Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) visited the club’s AON Training Complex and delivered a carousel of workshops which examined prejudice & discrimination as well as themes including identity and equality.
The event kicked off with an appearance from Manchester United and England left back Luke Shaw who spoke to the young people about his experiences of bullying and gave advice about what they should do if they are the targets of bulling and discrimination.
Luke was asked some challenging questions but provide some really honest and inspirational answers before posing for photographs with each of the nine participating schools.
The young people then took part in two separate workshops, one which focused on tackling racism by exploring the role of stereotypes in supporting prejudice and discrimination and a second which focused specifically on definitions and examples of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and explored the impacts of bullying and homophobic language on identity & wellbeing.
After a lunch break, the young people then watched SRtRC’s anti-racism education film which features professional footballers and young people talking about their experiences of prejudice and discrimination and providing advice about what should people should do if they suffer from bullying.
To round off a thoroughly exciting and inspirational day, the young people were then given the opportunity to ask questions about the issues to former England International and BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair.
Trevor spoke passionately about the racism he has faced and encouraged young people to be proud of who they are and not to let negativity from others affect their self belief.
Trevor was then joined by SRtRC patron Howard Gayle; Liverpool FC’s first black footballer and a pioneer for greater equality within the game, both of whom spoke at length to the young people whilst signing autographs.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank the Department for Education and Government Equalities Office for providing the funding to tackle this pernicious form of bullying.
SRtRC would also like to thank everyone at Manchester United FC for their continued support for the anti-racism campaign, and pay special tribute to Gill Mitchell from the Manchester United Foundation for helping to organise such a fantastic event.
Big thanks go to Luke Shaw for giving up his time so generously, and to SRtRC patrons and former professional footballers Trevor Sinclair and Howard Gayle for their invaluable and dedicated support.