On Tuesday 26th April the Show Racism the Red Card team were at the University of Greenwich to work with CAFC & CACT to run an educational event
Charlton have a long history of promoting equality, and we are particularly proud to be delivering the CARE Partnership, one of the few football projects dedicated to tackling discrimination. Having worked with Show Racism the Red Card in the past, I know from experience that these sessions are invaluable, and a great way to sensitively engage young people in this very important topic.
Dr Michael Seeraj, Head of Equality & Diversity CACT / CARE Partnership
On Tuesday 26th April Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event in partnership with Charlton Athletic F.C (CAFC) and Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) at Greenwich University. 90 young people from a local primary school attended the event which saw the Year 5’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.
The young people started their day at Charlton Athletics’ stadium, ‘The Valley’, where they were taken on a tour of the 27,000 seat stadium which was organised by Charlton Athletic Community Trust. Young people from Plumcroft Primary school were then taken by coaches to the Greenwich University campus where they were given the chance to walk the grounds and have lunch before the educational event. At 12:45pm the young people made their way to the ‘Stephen Lawrence Gallery’ 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, Manisha Tailor. 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, who comes from a footballing background and offered some great advice to the young people. Joining Shona, was Charlton Athletic Ladies captain and lifelong CAFC fan Kim Dixson. Dr Michael Seeraj who is head of Equality of and Diversity at CACT and manager of the Charlton Athletic Race and Equality Partnership (CARE) also sat on the panel to answer the questions of the young people. Martin Simons, Joint Chair of the CARE Partnership and former Chairman of CAFC was joined by Tracey Leaburn who is the player liaison officer at Charlton Athletic F.C took the time out of her day to come down and share some of her personal experiences regarding racism. Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries & Community Well-being, Labour Councillor for London Borough of Greenwich and University Lecturer, Denise Scott-Mcdonald was in attendance and answering questions from the audience. Finally, to round off an already fantastic panel were three first team players from CAFC. Alou Diarra, Simon Makienok and Igor Vetokele all came down to educational event to share their experiences of racism and offer advice to the young people on how to deal with any racism they come across.
— CACT (@CAFCTrust) April 26, 2016
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 panel which was made up of a number of individuals from a variety of different backgrounds were recalling their experiences of racism in both society and on the football pitch and explaining how it made them feel. A full CAFC kit 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 Charlton Athletic F.C and Charlton Athletic Community Trust for their ongoing support, and a special thank you to Dr Michael Seeraj for all his help in organising the event. Show Racism the Red Card would also like to thank all the staff from Greenwich University who were involved in the organisation and running of event, without their help the event would not have been possible. The power of role models should never be under estimated, therefore a massive thank you to Shona Chitate-Samuriwo, Kim Dixson, Martin Simons, Dr Michael Seeraj, Tracey Leaburn, Denise Scott-Mcdonald, Alou Diarra, Simon Makienok and Igor Vetokele for taking the time out of their day to engage and offer advice to Plumcroft Primary. Finally, a massive thank you to all the young people for their honest engagement form start to finish.
— CACT (@CAFCTrust) April 26, 2016