14th July to 21st July: Gary Bennett, SRtRC Head Coach and Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief Executive were invited to Colombia as guests of Northern Region UNISON and Nomadesc
“The trip to Colombia was totally inspiring. To see the commitment of the Nomadesc workers and the amount of progress they have made with limited resources was a marvellous experience. Show Racism the Red Card is now committed to supporting their work in any way we can.”
Ged Grebby, Founder and Chief Executive, SRtRC
The main purpose of the visit was to work alongside UNISON in meeting a range of organisations working in Colombia with Nomadesc. Nomadesc is a human rights organisations that advises and accompanies social organisations and unions as well as civic, women, indigenous, afro-descendent and peasant farmer organisations.
On the Sunday SRtRC took part in a fantastic football tournament ‘Show Dispossession the Red Card’ in Buenaventura. Over 210 young people took part in the opening ceremony of the tournament and were given some fantastic new strips and football boots. The strips contained the message ‘Show Dispossession the Red Card’ and featured the SRtRC logo alongside the Northern UNISON and Nomadesc logos.
Gary Bennett set up three coaching stations and with the help of the young leaders from the different communities delivered some fun fitness training with the young people. Gary also gave press interviews and the tournament received some much needed coverage for the brilliant work being done over the last 8 years by Nomadesc and their partners. You can watch the short film Nomadesc made which includes an interview with Gary:
The launch of the tournament was a massive success and SRtRC are calling on all our supporters to send messages of support to the young people and organisers via social media and email:
Gary Bennett summed up the trip, “The young people who took part in the football tournament were incredibly well behaved and a credit to their communities. I fully support the aim of the tournament, which was to oppose any attempt to move these communities from their traditional homelands. This land is yours and you must defend it!”
Show Racism the Red Card's Honorary President, Shaka Hislop, sent a message of support to Nomadesc which can be viewed here.