On Friday 5th October 2018, Southend United FC hosted an educational event for young people from local schools; run by Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) which featured first team players, Harry Bun and Luke Hyam, answering young people’s questions about racism and hate crime.
Pupils from local schools, came to the Roots Hall Stadium to take part in workshops exploring racism and stereotypes and Hate Crime, as well as a tour of the stadium. In the afternoon the audience had the chance to see a screening of the new SRtRC film and take part in a Q&A with the players and SRtRC educators Manisha Tailor and Michaela Hoyle.
The event was part of a series of educational events organised by Show Racism the Red Card with football clubs in England to educate about racism.
SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, said “It is great that Southend United FC supported SRtRC by hosting an educational event with us again. We have worked with Southend United Community & Education Trust for many years now to educate young people from the local area about racism.
“Clubs like Southend United FC are helping us work with young people in a unique setting, listen to their views and educate about prejudice. We want to make sure if a young person experiences or witnesses racism they know what they can do about it.”
Joe Skeels, Community Manager at Southend United Community & Education Trust, said “Southend United and SRTRC have worked in partnership for a number of years now. Through this partnership we have educated over 1000 children about racism not just in football but in every day life. The sessions use the hook of the football club and players to also help engage these children. Players and management take part in a Q&A every year that is related to what the children have learnt in previous workshops. It is good for these children to then relate to professional players, ex players provided by SRTRC and experts in this field. We are looking forward to continuing this relationship with SRTRC.”