First team players Curtis Davis & Jake Livermore attended Show Racism the Red Card event and answered questions from young people on the issue.
Almost 100 young people from three primary schools in Hull visited the Airco Arena, part of the KCom Stadium Complex, to take part in a range of anti-racism themed workshops and activities.
Hull City FC & The Tigers Trust have held similar events annually for the past few seasons; welcoming Show Racism the Red Card staff to work with young people from schools already engaged with the Tigers Trust.
SRtRC staff facilitated a number of workshops which explored the issue of racism, how it is defined and why certain language is offensive, as well as stereotypes and assumptions and the role that they play in helping to support the development of racist ideas. Young people were provided with a safe and non-judgmental environment in which to discuss what they knew about the issues and share their own ideas and experiences.
Following a lunch break, the young people watched a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card anti-racism education 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 young people were encouraged to develop questions about the issue of racism in order that they could put them to a panel of special guests. Richard Dexter, School Sports Coordinator for the Tigers Trust took part and explaining the importance of tackling issues including racism & bullying. Richard was also joined by Humberside Police Force representatives PC Christian Sewell & PC Karen Walker who talked to young people about the Police’s approach to dealing with racist incidents and the initiatives in place to try to ensure that Humberside is a safe environment for all.
The panel was completed by Hull City FC first team players Curtis Davis & Jake Livermore. Both proved to be excellent role models; sharing their experiences of racism in football & society and encouraging young people to report racism when they witness it. Davis, who has attended SRtRC events in the past, echoed the advice of Livermore with both urging the young people present to be proud of their identities and support one another during times of difficulty.
The event concluded with an autograph signing session and the local media was on hand to ask the players and the young people about their experiences of the event.
SRtRC would like to thank the Tigers Trust for their continued support for the campaign and for the excellent work they do with young people throughout Hull. We would also like to thank all at Hull City FC, especially Curtis Davis & Jake Livermore for giving up their time to take part in the event.
Special thanks also go to the young people who displayed brilliant thinking skills and asked insightful questions throughout the day.