Show Racism the Red Card returned to the King Power Stadium for an educational event organised in conjunction with Leicester City FC Community Trust and Leicester City FC.
Pupils from LCFC Community Trust partner Primary Stars schools were able to come to the stadium to take part in a morning of workshops, looking at racism and stereotypes and Hate Crime and what we can do about it. The third workshop slot was a tour of the King Power stadium, which all the Year 5&6 pupils seemed to enjoy!
In the afternoon, there was a screening of the SRtRC film and a Q&A session with some very special guests.
LCFC defenders, club captain Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson were able to come along, answer young people’s questions about racism and sign autographs. Joining Wes and Danny were SRtRC Honorary Patrons, David Kelly and Jason Lee, LCFC Community Trust coach and campaigner Annie Zaidi and GMB regional organiser Colin Wyatt, who all did a superb job of answering some fantastic questions from the audience.
Speaking to LCFC’s website, Danny Simpson said “Obviously for the future, we want to kick racism out completely. This is the next generation and if we can teach these kids now that we’re all equal, it doesn’t matter your skin colour, then going forward for the country it will be beneficial for future.
“They’ve asked some great questions and it goes to show what a good job events like this are doing. I’ve done a couple of these events now and the questions are getting harder.”
Leicester City FC have been great supporters of the SRtRC campaign, regularly hosting educational events and even hosted last year’s SRtRC School Competition Awards Ceremony.
Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief Executive, said “Clubs like Leicester City FC are helping us work with young people in a unique setting, listen to their views and educate about prejudice. We are very grateful for their support and the support of clubs who have got involved with this project to educate about Hate Crime. We want to make sure if a young person experiences or witnesses a hate crime they know who they can turn to, but also to think about how a person could get to the point where they commit a hate crime.”
SRtRC would like to thank all of the schools for attending and LCFC Community Trust for organising the event. Big thanks too, to the panel for their time and support and the young people who engaged so well with all of the educational activities.
Final words about the day come from Wes Morgan, who underlined the importance of this kind of event “It’s a big, big thing. Obviously, there shouldn’t be racism in sport or society in general but, unfortunately, we’ve still got elements of that everywhere. It’s about raising awareness, doing events like this, to make sure people don’t forget about it or get complacent.
“Everybody wants to be involved in something that is positive in life and this is. It’s about getting a strong message out there. The pupils are really engaged and they’re really interested in why it’s happening and how to stop it. Bit by bit, it will get better.”