On Thursday 12th October 2017, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the American Express Community Stadium and worked in partnership with Brighton & Hove Albion FC & Albion in the Community to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. Over 80 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in an educational workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and then take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
Young people from Brunswick Primary, Blackthorns Community Primary, West Blatchington Primary, Coombe Road Primary, Mouslecoomb Primary, Manor Field Primary, Balfour Primary and Lindield Primary School arrived at the American Express Community Stadium in the afternoon and headed to the room where they would spend the remainder of the afternoon. After a quick introduction to the afternoon the young people went into an educational workshop which was conducted by Education Workers, Shona and Francis, from SRtRC. The workshop made young people explore stereotypes and think critically about the way in which we stereotype. The young people engaged in thoughtful and honest conversation with their peers about the dangers of stereotyping.
The young people further developed their understanding by watching the 22-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism.
The young people had been asked throughout the afternoon to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of special guests and with suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel.
Ini Umotong and Laura Rafferty, who both play for the club’s FA Women’s Super League 2 team, joined the panel to answer questions from the young people. Also joining the panel was Brighton & Hove Albion FC Manager, Chris Hughton, who has been a long-time supporter of the campaign.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. When you were younger did you suffer from racism? What would you do if you suffered racism? How did racism affect your football? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. The panel explained to the young people what they should do if they experience racism and who they can report it to. The panel also provided brilliant advice on what each person can do to tackle racism. Prizes were given out to the three best questions asked to the panel. Albion in the Community kindly donated a prize that was given out to the best question asked on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Albion in the Community for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Paul Williams who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Laura, Ini and Chris. A big thank you to the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) who continue to support the work of Show Racism the Red Card and make events like this possible. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.