SRtRC partner up with club to discuss impacts of homophobia, biphobia & transphobia with young people from 9 local schools
Southampton FC hosted the latest in a nationwide series of anti-bullying events which focused on the issue of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in schools. Over 80 young people from nine local schools visited St Mary’s Stadium to take part in a series of educational workshops delivered by Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC).
Pupils undertook two complimentary workshops, one on HBT bullying and another on prejudice; both of which provided an opportunity to discuss issues in a safe and constructive way and helped to encourage the development of critical thinking skills regarding prejudice and discrimination.
The workshops looked at the impact of stereotypes in the development of prejudicial thinking and celebrated individuality and difference.
Those present were also taken on a tour of St Marys Stadium by staff from the Saints Foundation.
Following a break for lunch, the young people watched SRtRC’s anti-racism education film which features professional footballers and young people discussing their own experiences of racism and bullying, and providing advice to young people if they ever experience prejudice and discrimination.
The film provided the back drop for a specially arranged Q + A session with Southampton FC forward Jay Rodriguez. The young people were given the opportunity to demonstrate learning from the day by posing questions about HBT bullying and racism to the England international.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) March 11, 2016
The questions posed were of a very high standard, and the answers provided by Jay were equally thoughtful and powerful. At the end of the Q + A session, the young people had the chance to get autographs and pose for photos with Jay, an opportunity which caused a lot of excitement!
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all those at Southampton FC and The Saints Foundation, especially James Chillery for their fantastic support for the campaign and for this project in particular.
SRtRC would also like to thank Jay Rodriguez for giving up his time to come and speak to the young people and for giving such thoughtful and inspirational advice regarding bullying and its prevention.
— Jay Rodriguez (@JayRodriguez9) March 11, 2016