SRtRC worked with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust to organise an educational event for young people from local schools on Tuesday 14th November. Year 5 and 6 pupils from St Stephen’s and St Aidan’s Primary Schools were able to come to Ewood Park and take part in a morning of workshops which contained activities where participants explored Hate Crime – what it is and what we can do about it and Racism and stereotypes.
All of the young people also had the opportunity to take in a tour of the stadium and see behind the scenes areas.
The young people were very engaged by the workshops and contributed greatly to discussions of the issues of Hate Crime and racism and they certainly seemed to enjoy the tour of Ewood Park.
After a break for lunch everyone came back together to see a screening of the SRtRC film and think about some great questions about racism that they could put to a panel of special guests.
Blackburn Rovers FC first team players, club captain Charlie Mulgrew and Joe Nuttall were able to join us to answer young people’s questions. There were some great prizes for the panel’s favourite questions of the session, including a ball signed by the whole BRFC squad and SRtRC T-shirts and mini-footballs.
The panel’s favourite question of the afternoon was “If you were to create a law about bullying and racism what would it be and why?” There were some excellent questions during the session and it was difficult to pick three questions for prizes.
All of the attendees were able to take-away a new Show Racism the Red Card / BRFC poster, signed by Charlie and Joe and a SRtRC goody bag with a copy of the new SRtRC magazine included.
The event received some excellent press coverage with a story appearing in the Lancashire Telegraph and footage from the event featured on Sky Sports News and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust highlighted the event on their social media channels and website.
A big thank you to Ilyas Patel, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and Blackburn Rovers FC for their support in organising and hosting the event. SRtRC would also like to thank Charlie and Joe for attending and taking part in the Q&A and the teachers and pupils from St Stephen’s and St Aidan’s primary schools for their support and engagement.
SRtRC look forward to working with BRFC again in the future!