On Thursday 30th March, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Pride Park Stadium in partnership with Derby County FC, Derby County Community Trust and Derby City Council. Roughly 85 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 9’s take part in a carousel of workshops, watch the SRtRC educational film and were involved in a Q&A with a panel of special guests. Pupils from Derby City Schools arrived at the stadium and headed to the Dave Mackay suite where they would spend the majority of the day.
After a quick introduction to the day the young people split into three groups and started the carousel of morning workshops. The first workshop on offer was conducted by Campaign Workers, James Kingett & 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 second workshop on offer was delivered by Sergeant Ben Frearson from Derbyshire Police and this workshop helped young people understand what a Hate Crime was and how to report it. Joining Ben in this workshop were individuals from the ‘Got Your Back’ campaign, who are an individual victim support charity. Also on hand to offer advice to the young people was Grace Moronfolu, from the Crown Prosecution Service.
The third and final workshop on offer to the young people were stadium tours. On the tours the young people got to visit both the home and away dressing rooms, the press room and the directors box.
After lunch the young people further developed their understanding of racism by watching the 22-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism.
Throughout the day, the young people had been asked to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of special guests at the end of the day.
With suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel. Pupils had the opportunity to pose questions to a panel which included Matej Vydra (DCFC), Henrich Ravas (DCFC), Hardyal Dhindsa (Police Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire), Melissa Johnson (DCLFC), Nicole Dale (DCLFC), Sgt Ben Frearson,Derbyshire Police, Councillor Asaf Afzal, Genie (Punjabi Rams) and Chelsea (Got your back – Victim Support).
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Why do the media portray certain religions in certain ways? Have you ever experienced racism and how did it make you feel? How does racism effect your performance? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. The current players explained to the young people what they should do if they experience racism and who they can report it to. The other panel members provided brilliant advice for the young people on how to report racism and what each person can do to tackle racism. Prizes were given out to the three best questions asked to the panel.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Derby County F.C and in particular Gavin Lewis for his ongoing support in organising educational events and his continued support of the campaign. A big thank you to Derby City Council for their continued support of the campaign and for giving SRtRC the opportunity to carry out educational work in the area. The campaign would also like to thank all panel members for taking the time out of their day to attend the event and for sitting on the panel and answering questions from the young people. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Henrich Ravas, Matej Vyrda, Nicole Dale and Melissa Johnson. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.