The event was the final day of a programme of anti-racism workshops that the young people had been participating in. Prior to the day at Rugby Park Stadium the SRtRC education team had visited Loanhead Primary and Annanhill Primary to deliver 3 separate workshops looking at what racism is, why people move around the world and Islamophbia.
The event at Kilmarnock FC brought the young people together to celebrate the work they had being doing in class and to learn how to effectively challenge racism. The young people also received a workshop on Hate Crime from Police Scotland, these sessions look at defining what a Hate Crime is, how it can affect people and communities and the consequences of being involved in a Hate Crime.
Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson and Gary McSwegan put the young people through their paces with a fun and fitness session and Community Coaches James McHarg and Kirsty Munro treated the pupils to a tour of the stadium.
After a packed morning the young people, the pupils then had the opportunity to act as media journalists as part of a role play activity and posed some tough questions to a guest panel. The panel included Kilmarnock FC players Miles Addison and Greg Kiltie and Stephen Canale from Police Scotland.
Nicola Hay Campaign Manager, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
“The dangers of racism are significant and education is vital in order that young people can recognise these and other forms of discrimination and be equipped to safely challenge them as they grow and develop.
“Schools in the area are very keen to engage with the campaign and the young people we have worked with are very positive about it.
“Kilmarnock FC are strong supporters of the campaign and it is great to be able to bring local pupils along to their local stadium to learn about anti-racism with strong role models.”