Gareth Southgate backs anti-racism school competition

 Gareth Southgate presents prizes to the competition winners at the awards ceremony in 2017

Gareth Southgate presents prizes to the competition winners at the awards ceremony in 2017

Show Racism the Red Card’s campaign trail will reach Stoke City on Tuesday as it recognises its 68 winners of the largest equalities-themed competition for young people in the country, an initiative that has been backed by England manager Gareth Southgate. 

Stoke City FC manager Paul Lambert will attend proceedings to meet youngsters and speak to them about his experiences. The ceremonies are being hosted by actor and presenter Lisa Rogers and CBBC presenter, Alex Winters, and will see the young people responsible for this year’s winning entries, gather at the Bet365 Stadium to meet representatives from Premier League club Stoke City and special guests from the world of football - as they are presented with prizes for their award winning entries. 

This year’s entries feature incredible creative writing, multimedia and artwork from young people ranging from Year 1 to Year 11 with the focus on highlighting the anti-racism theme in various ways such as poetry, short stories, artwork, films and music. 

England manager, Gareth Southgate, who has spoken recently on the continued work of educating young footballers on equality issues, said: “As a patron of Show Racism the Red Card, I have seen first-hand some of the great work they do as an organisation to help educate and highlight the issues around racism that are still at hand - in football, but also in social circles. 

“This competition is a really fun way to do that, and I believe it gets young people understanding the issues better. The standard of the work from the winners is brilliant and it’s great to see the football community engaging with such an important initiative.”

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive at Show Racism the Red Card said: “I’m really excited about the competition awards event this year and its brilliant Paul Lambert will be in attendance to meet all our winners. We are hopeful it will mark a really special day for everyone involved. The competition has been running 18 years now and has seen young people produce truly inspirational work, some of which we have then incorporated into our wider awareness-raising activities.

“The standard of this year’s winning entries once again has been brilliant, and we are always overwhelmed by the support from our partners and patrons to help run this inspiring competition, which is a massive part of the work we do to educate young people about issues of racism.”

The competition also has two special memorial awards on show that will recognise the work of the late Graham Taylor OBE and Jo Cox MP, both of whom worked tirelessly for equality. The Graham Taylor OBE award will be chosen by Watford legend Luther Blissett, while SRtRC sponsors UNISON, will be dedicating one of this year’s entries to the Jo Cox Foundation. 

This year’s winning entrants span the country with schools from Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, West Bromwich, Warrington, Harrow, Chester-le-street, Croydon, Manchester, Iver Heath, Liverpool, Leeds, Southend, Stockport, Bolton, Coventry, Derby, Bradford and elsewhere. 

For a full list of the winning entrants and to find out more about the competition, please click here