Pools against racism, supported by Cleveland PCC
“It is brilliant that Show Racism the Red Card are joining up with football clubs in our area to ensure more youngsters receive the message that racism is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner
Hartlepool United FC hosted a SRtRC educational event at Victoria Park on Tuesday 29th November, for Year 5 & 6 pupils from local schools. Pupils from Eskdale and St Helen’s Primary Schools were able to come to the club to take part in an educational workshop from SRtRC, see a screening of the SRtRC film and take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
The event was supported by HUFC Community Trust and Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger who is funding SRtRC educational work in Cleveland schools.
Young people took part in a workshop that included activities exploring stereotypes, where they come from and a definition of racism.
After the film screening, the special guests joined a panel to answer young people’s questions about racism. SRtRC were lucky enough to have three HUFC first team players in attendance. Nicky Featherstone, Michael Woods and Aristote Nsiala, alongside HUFC First Team Coach and SRtRC Honorary Patron, Curtis Fleming, Barry Coppinger and SRtRC Education Worker, Justine King.
The panel did a great job in answering the questions, including sharing experiences of racism in football and in society. The young people engaged with the session throughout and there was no shortage of questions!
Thanks to HUFC we were also able to give away some prizes for the most interesting questions of the afternoon. Three pairs of tickets for an upcoming fixture at HUFC, some H’Angus the Monkey cuddly toys and a ball signed by the whole squad were awarded, alongside SRtRC T-Shirts and Mini-Footballs.
Barry Coppinger said “It is brilliant that Show Racism the Red Card are joining up with football clubs in our area to ensure more youngsters receive the message that racism is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“Thanks to my funding, over 2000 Cleveland students have already benefitted from training, as well as teachers and educational practitioners from over 50 schools.
“I hope to build on this work over the next couple of years and there are still training spaces available for schools in Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland, so I would encourage any interested schools to get in touch.”
Schools in the region should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a booking.
SRtRC would like to thank the panel, Hartlepool United, Barry Coppinger and HUFC Community Trust for their support and assistance in organising this event. We look forward to working with the club in the future and carrying out more educational work in the region.