Over 120 young people welcomed to Bet365 Stadium to take part in day of anti-racism education
Stoke City FC hosted their annual Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) anti-racism education event on Thursday 3rd November.
The club, who have been dedicated supporters of SRtRC over a number of years, once again invited local young people to the Bet365 Stadium to take part in a range of anti-racism educational activities including workshops & a screening of the SRtRC education film.
Over 120 young people from year’s 5 & 6 at Belgrave St Bartholomew Academy took part in workshops which examined the issue of racism, the role of stereotypes in its development and some of its most relevant examples in a safe and non-judgmental way.
The young people were challenged to consider the impact of judgments and stereotypes and the contribution they can make towards the escalation of racism & racist incidents.
In addition to two workshops led by Show Racism the Red Card staff, the young people were also taken on a tour of the stadium by Stoke City Community Trust staff which included a trip pitch side and a visit to the changing rooms.
After lunch, 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.
Following the film screening, the young people had an opportunity to ask questions about the issue of racism to a panel of special guests. Local PCSO Andy Tideswell, who helped organise the event was joined on the panel by Stoke City Ladies goalkeeper Natalie Hall and manager Andrew Frost.
The Q + A session generated some thoughtful & insightful questions and responses from the panel & the event was rounded off with an autograph signing session before the young people headed back to school.
SRtRC would like to thank Stoke-on-Trent City Council for thier sponsorship of the event and this season's official SRtRC Stoke City FC poster. Without the support of the council it would not have been possible to deliver the event.
Thanks too to all at Stoke City FC for their longstanding and ongoing support for the campaign, particularly Fundraising Officer Steve Hunt from Stoke City Community Trust. Thanks go to Natalie Hall and Andrew Frost for giving up their time to take part in the event, and to PCSO Andy Tideswell for his support and help in organising the event.
SRtRC would also like to thank the young people & teachers from Belgrave St Bartholomew Academy for their contributions in making the day both valuable and successful.