Show Racism the Red Card returned to the Macron Stadium on November 7th to work with young people from local schools to educate about Hate Crime and Racism. Bolton Wanderers FC and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust have a long-established partnership with the campaign and helped us to ensure time and space could be given to discuss these issues.
Year 5 pupils from Brandwood, Pikes Lane and Chorley New Road Primary Schools came to the Lion of Vienna Suite to take part in workshops about Hate Crime – what it is and what we can do about it – and Racism and Stereotypes. The activities used during the workshops encouraged young people to think critically about these issues and examine their existing ideas.
Participants also had the opportunity to take part in a tour of the Macron Stadium and see behind the scenes thanks to Bolton Wanderers Community Trust.
Adam Warriner, Lead Officer for Community Cohesion at BWCT said “Bolton Wanderers Community Trust are extremely excited to be working with Show Racism the Red Card for a tenth year! It is always a pleasure to welcome the team from SRtRC to help us highlight important lessons around racism, homophobia and other hate crimes.
“The event is one of the highlights of the year in which we work with hundreds of young children, with a view to educating them about what is and is not OK and the work complements some of the inclusion and education work that the Trust already undertakes in the local community.”
In the afternoon we were joined by BWFC first team player, Mark Little and former professional footballer, Tony Kelly, to answer young people’s questions about racism and hate crime.
Mark and Tony did a great job answering the variety of questions that participants had, sharing their experiences of racism in sport and society and passing on some excellent advice.
They were also able to sign BWFC / SRtRC posters for all the attendees and chose three questions as their favourites of the session. Sophie, Nicole and Conrad received SRtRC T-Shirts and mini-footballs for their questions.
SRtRC would like to thank BWFC and BW Community Trust for their ongoing support of the campaign and for this event. It was a pleasure to work with the Year 5 pupils from Pikes Lane, Chorley New Road and Brandwood Primary Schools. The campaign looks forward to future work in the area.