On Thursday 16th November 2017, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the Matchroom Stadium and worked in partnership with Leyton Orient FC & Leyton Orient Trust to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. Over 90 young people from a local primary school 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 a local primary school arrived at the Matchroom Stadium in the afternoon and headed to the second-floor gallery 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 Worker, Francis Duku, 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 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.
Former Nottingham Forrest and Watford footballer, Jason Lee, attended the event and sat on the panel to answer questions from the young people. First team players, George Elokobi and Macauley Bonne took the time out of their day to join the Q&A session. Show Racism the Red Card staff, Shona and Francis, were both on hand to offer their advice to the young people.
Young people put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Has racism ever been a problem for you? When did racism start? Can racism be done to anyone? 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.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Leyton Orient FC for their support in organising the event and a special thank you Howard Gould who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to George, Jason and Macauley. A big thank you to the Professional Footballers Association who continue to support the work of Show Racism the Red Card and make events lie 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.