Gareth Southgate, England Manager, was guest of honour at Show Racism the Red Card School Competition 2017 Awards Ceremony, held at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium on Wednesday 3rd May.
Gareth presented young people from schools throughout England with prizes for their anti-racism themed artwork, creative writing and film entries, alongside other high-profile guests during the ceremony, hosted by BBC sport presenter, Manish Bhasin.
The winners and their families and teachers were able to come to the Keith Weller Lounge at the club to see their entries on display as part of an exhibition of all entries, get involved in some football skills with Mr.Silky Skills, Richard Braithwaite and have a tour of the stadium, including photos with the Premier League trophy.
Guests included players from Leicester City FC Ladies, Leicester Riders, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, players and managers including, Dave Bassett, Anwar Uddin, Jason Lee, Frank Clark, Scott McGleish, Luther Blissett, Brendon Batson and Dave Bennett.
A full list of all the winners is available here.
Two Cubed Creative have made two short films about the Awards Ceremony, which you can see below.
Gareth Southgate and Luther Blissett selected one of the winning entries, from South Stanley Infants school to receive the special Graham Taylor OBE Memorial Award, commissioned for the first time this year in memory of the late Watford and England manager who was a patron of the charity for many years.
A second winning entry, from Elmwood Infant School was recognised in a unique way with the Jo Cox Memorial Award, selected by Iona Lawrence, Director of the Jo Cox Foundation. The school competition’s themes of equality and togetherness are mirrored and supported by the Foundation.
You can see all the images from the Awards Ceremony here.
Show Racism the Red Card's Chief Executive, Ged Grebby said: "It is fantastic that Leicester City Football Club agreed to host this year’s School Competition Award Ceremony. The club’s achievements last season were an inspiration to so many people, and we think the winning entries from this year’s anti-racism competition will also inspire people from across the UK and beyond.’’
“The competition sees thousands of young people take part annually and it is a hard job for the judges to pick the winners from so many great entries. This year there were some wonderfully original entries and we would like to thank all of the teachers for promoting the competition in their schools.”
“SRtRC would also like to congratulate all the winners of the 2017 School Competition on their achievement. This event is a fantastic example of the hard work and commitment of thousands of young people and the enthusiasm the SRtRC campaign inspires. Our colleagues and sponsors as ever have been very generous in their continued support and backing of the event.”
The competiton is sponsored annually by the National Union of Teachers, UNISON, Unite the Union, GMB, The Professional Footballers Association (PFA), The Football Association (FA), Potts Print (UK) and Durham County Council. SRtRC are extremely gratful to all of the sponsors for their continued support.