On Tuesday 21st March, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the Deepdale Stadium in partnership with Preston North End FC (PNE) and Preston North End Community and Education Trust. More than 70 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in a SRtRC workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and were involved in a Q&A with a panel of special guests.Pupils from local schools arrived at the stadium and headed to the Invincibles Lounge 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 Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, 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.
Harriet Creighton-Levis who is the Schools Provision Manager for PNE Community Trust and a qualified Primary School Teacher was the first to join the panel. Also, joining Harriet was Elaine Cotterell, Elaine is a senior lay activist within UNISON North West and also Branch Secretary. Show Racism the Red Card Patron, and former footballer, Efe Sodje also took the time out of his day to sit on the panel for Q&A. Finally, PNE Striker Callum Robinson joined the panel at the Deepdale stadium to answer questions from the young people.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Do you think racism will stop? If you experienced racism how would you deal with it? If you suffer from racism who would you report it too? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. Callum and the rest of 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 prize of a signed Football which had generously been donated by PNE was awarded to Eva for the best question asked on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Preston North End FC for their support in organising the event and for their continued support of the campaign. A big thank you to Harriet at PNE who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Harriet, Elaine, Efe and Callum Robinson. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.