Each year, Show Racism the Red Card Scotland runs a creative competition to ask young people to come up with a creative way of promoting our messages of anti-racism, anti-sectarianism and inclusion. This is the 13th awards ceremony that we have had at Hampden Park and it is a really great opportunity to show our appreciation to the young people of Scotland for all of their hard work and effort in standing united against racism and sectarianism. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Scotland for All’.
Over 1000 young people across Scotland took part in this year’s competition with entrants coming from as far as the Isle of Skye and Aberdeenshire to schools in the central belt. The competition sends a clear message that young people want Scotland to be a welcoming and multi-cultural society. The Awards Ceremony is the highlight of the Scottish calendar in challenging racism and sectarianism.
Football clubs across Scotland continue to support Show Racism the Red Card by donating a variety of prizes for winners. Keeva Keenan, Noelle Murray and Savannah McCarthy from Glasgow City FC, John Brown former Rangers FC player, Tosh McKinley former Celtic FC player, Gerry Britton former Partick Thistle FC player, Eddie Black, former Glasgow City FC Manager, and Gary Locke the Manager of Cowdenbeath FC were on hand at the Awards Ceremony to present young people with their prizes. Having the support of professional football clubs has a tremendously positive impact on young people participating in the Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
Chris Stephens MP, Roza Salih (Glasgow Girls and 2017 local election candidate) and David Tanner, Sky Sports presenter were also among the honorary guests to present prizes and celebrate the great work young people from across Scotland have produced.
Peter and Roughie’s Football Show presenter Peter Martin hosted the Awards Ceremony and kept young people and adults alike entertained throughout.
A number of different organisations came together to celebrate young people’s commitment to equality. We would like to thank the Scottish Government, the Education Institute of Scotland, GMB Scotland, Unite the Union, Unison, ASLEF, M&D’s theme park, the Glasgow Film Theatre, Scottish Youth Parliament, the Scottish Football Association, the Scottish Professional Football League, Match Attax, Fifpro, Ryze Glasgow, Rollerstop Glasgow, Kelburn Country Park, Paradise Island Golf, AROS Cinema and Tunnocks for helping us create such a magical event for young people.
Huge thanks also goes to the amazing magician Scotty Cuthbertson, the incredible keepie-uppy guy Graeme Lightbody and everyone’s favourite mascot Knutz from Kilmarnock FC for helping us create an atmosphere that young people truly loved.
Campaign Manager for Show Racism the Red Card Scotland Nicola Hay said:
"The competition is now in its 13th year and continues to be a highly successful and integral part of our Show Racism the Red Card campaign.”
“Once again, I was blown away by the creativity of young people in sending out a clear message that Scotland welcomes the world. Every young person who participated should be celebrated for their inspirational work. Over 1000 young people who took part in the competition sent a clear message to Scotland – the country they want to live in has no room for racism and sectarianism.”
“The competition and the work that we do across Scotland encourages young people to think critically about myths and stereotypes towards minority groups as well as educating against prejudice.”
“Finally, thank you to everyone who made yesterday possible. You will never know how much it means to the team and I. We are eternally grateful.”