On Tuesday 10th May Arsenal & Arsenal in the Community hosted a Show Racism the Red Card educational event.
We are pleased to be working alongside Show Racism the Red Card to talk about the importance of tolerance and tackling discrimination with local schoolchildren.
Through our Arsenal for Everyone, we work hard as a club to promote inclusivity and celebrate the diversity of the Arsenal family
Alan Sefton, Head of Arsenal in the Community
On Tuesday 10th May, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the Arsenal Community Hub in partnership with Arsenal Football Club (AFC) and Arsenal in the Community. 90 young people from five local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5’s take part in a carousel of workshops, 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 Hargrave Park, Copenhagen, William Tyndale, Ambler and Millfields Primary school took part in three different workshops throughout the morning. Former Footballer and SRtRC Education Worker, Richard Offiong, conducted a workshop which helped young people explore stereotypes, think critically about the way in which we stereotype and allowed the young people to discuss the dangers of stereotyping.
Arsenal in the Community delivered a brilliant workshop which used examples of the current AFC first team to discuss multiculturalism and nationality. In this workshop the young people also 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.
The third workshop of the morning that the young people took part in was a fitness fun session which was delivered by the BTEC students from Arsenal in the Community. During the fitness fun session, the young people took part in a variety of games while also having the chance to play some football.
After lunch the young people reflected on the workshops from the morning and spoke about the key issues which has been discussed. Throughout the day 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 Newcastle United player and SRtRC Education Worker, Richard Offiong. Joining Richard was Charlie Wernham, who is an English actor and best known for his roles in ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘Bad Education’. Also adding to the panel was Keir Starmer who is a Labour Member of Parliament for Holburn and St Pancras. Simone Pound who is Head of Equalities at the Professional Footballers Association also joined the panel to answer questions from the young people. Finally, to round off an already fantastic panel was former Arsenal F.C Footballer and two time league winner with the club, Perry Groves.
Young people from each primary school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. How should you act if you have racism against you? Have you ever heard someone being racist to somebody else? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. The panel members were recalling their experiences of racism both on the pitch and in society and providing advice for the young people.
An Arsenal for Everyone warm-up t-shirt worn by Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the warm-up of the match against Everton in October was provided by the club as a prize for the best question asked on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Arsenal F.C and Arsenal in the Community for their ongoing support, and a special thank you to Samir Singh and Tom Bennett for all his help in organising and executing the event. Show Racism the Red Card would also like to thank all the staff from Arsenal in the Community and Arsenal F.C who were involved in the organisation and running of event, without their help the event would not have been possible. A big thank you to everyone at Islington Counil for their continued support of Show Racism the Red Card. The power of role models should never be under estimated, therefore a massive thank you to Richard Offiong, Charlie Wernham, Keir Starmer, Simone Pound and Perry Groves for taking the time out of their day to engage and offer advice to the young people. Finally, a massive thank you to all the young people for their honest engagement form start to finish.
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