Tuesday 2nd May 2017
On Tuesday 2nd May, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the Vitality Stadium in partnership with AFC Bournemouth and AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust. Roughly 90 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 ask questions to a panel of special guests during a Q&A session. Pupils from Kings Park Academy and St James C of E Primary arrived at the stadium and headed to the top floor restaurant 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 Education Worker, Shona, 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.
Education Worker, Shona, was the first to sit on the panel to answer the question from the young people. Shona was joined by Chloe Tape from AFC Bournemouth Ladies who was kind enough to take the time out of their day to sit on the panel for the Q&A session. Also joining the panel was Steve Cuss, Steve is head of the community department at AFC Bournemouth. And finally, current AFC Bournemouth 1st team player Dan Gosling sat on the panel.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. What does racism mean to you? How would your team react if someone was racist to you? Have you ever had racism when you were younger? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. 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. AFC Bournemouth kindly donated a prize that was given out to the best question asked on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at AFC Bournemouth for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Ben Abberstein who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Shona, Chloe, Steve and Dan. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.