First team players Yoan Gouffran & Karl Darlow joined pupils from three local schools to discuss dangers of racism & demonstrate the club’s zero-tolerance approach
Newcastle United FC hosted Show Racism the Red Card’s second anti-racism education event of the 2016/17 season at St James Park in early October.
The Magpies have been one of the longest and most dedicated supporters of the SRtRC campaign throughout the charities 20 year history and the Sir Bobby Robson Suite was a fitting venue for discussions on such an important issue.
Young people from Canning Street Primary, St Mary’s, Forest Hall & Valley Gardens Middle School took part in an anti-racism workshop which asked them to consider the impact of stereotypes and assumptions on the development of racism & racist ideas, and examined racist language and its power.
Following the workshop, the young people watched a screening of the SRtRC anti-racism education film which features professional footballers from across the world discussing their experiences of racism and providing advice to those who are the targets of prejudice & discrimination. The film also features young people discussing their own experiences and explores the impact of racism throughout history.
Throughout the day, the 100-strong group of participants were encouraged to develop questions about the issue of racism which they could put to a panel of special guests. The panel was made up of SRtRC supporters and funders, as well as representatives from both the Newcastle United men’s and women’s teams.
Durham Police & Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who funded both the event and supporting resources was joined by Sarah Burn & Jess Foster from Newcastle United Women FC and Karl Darlow & Yoan Gouffran from Newcastle United FC. The panel was completed by former NUFC players John Anderson & Olivier Bernard, both of whom now work for SRtRC.
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The young people asked a range of insightful and challenging questions, and were keen to better understand the consequences of racist behaviour and get the panel’s thoughts on whether something can still be racist even if there is no intention to offend anyone. The panel provided some great responses and advice for the young people present and the event was closed with an autograph signing session with pupils taking away signed copies of the freshly printed Newcastle United SRtRC poster.
SRtRC would like to thank all of the young people from Canning Street Primary, St Mary’s, Forest Hall & Valley Gardens Middle School for taking part in such a mature and responsible way; they were a pleasure to work with.
The campaign would also like to thank Durham Police & Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg for his sponsorship of both the event and the 2016/17 NUFC SRtRC posters.
Final thanks goes to Karl Darlow & Yoan Gouffran of NUFC & Sarah Burn & Jess Foster of NUWFC for giving up their time to take part in the event and acting as such great role models for the young people present.