On Thursday 2nd November 2017, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Adams Park and worked in partnership with Wycombe Wanderers FC & Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. Over 60 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 Brooker Hill Primary School arrived at Adams Park in the afternoon and headed to the Woodlands 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, Lionel 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.
SRtRC Education Worker and former footballer, Francs Duku, was the first person to join the panel for the Q&A. Joining Francis was Head of Equalities at Buckinghamshire County Council, Yvette Thomas. Former Watford and Nottingham Forrest Footballer, Jason Lee, sat on the panel to answer questions from the young people. And finally, Anthony Stewart and Sido Coelho Jombati who are 1st team players from Wycombe Wanderers FC also took time out of their day to attend the Q&A session.
Young people 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. The Trust 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 Wycombe Wanderers FC and Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Paul Foley & Aqeel Akram who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Francis, Yvette, Jason, Anthony and Sido. 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.