School Competition 2018 (England) Winners of the Jo Cox MP and Graham Taylor OBE Memorial Awards

The winners of the SRtRC School Competition 2018 (England) was announced at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 24th April, at Stoke City FC.

Actor and presenter Lisa Rogers hosted the event and the guests of honour were Stoke City FC manager and SRtRC Patron, Paul Lambert and Stoke City and Senegal striker Mame Biram Diouf.  The 68 winners gathered at the Bet365 Stadium to be presented with their prizes. They will also met special guests from the world of football, including Michael Morrison, James Gibbons and Nathan Smith, Luther Blissett, Trevor Sinclair, Efe Sodje and Dave Bennett.

Young people aged from 5 to 16 submitted a range of entries for the competition including poetry, short stories, artwork, films and music – all highlighting the anti-racism message. The entries come from schools across the country.

There were also two special memorial awards recognising the work of the late Graham Taylor OBE and Jo Cox MP, who both worked tirelessly for equality. The Graham Taylor OBE award was chosen by Watford legend Luther Blissett and awarded to Shaye Selvage, Scarlett Wood, Marcus Braide-Emery, Riley McArthur, Skyler Cross and Melis Aygun from Birchwood CE Primary School, for their Artwork entry.

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The Jo Cox MP memorial award was awarded to Freya Hewitt, Freya Hounam, Zac Fairley, Oliver Johnson, Phoebe White and Lily Pringle from Cestria Primary School for their artwork.

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Both groups who won the special awards were also awarded prizes in the Year 1-4 Artwork & Creative Writing category.

Pupils won prizes in ten categories in total and at the end of the event, Manahil Masood, from Bolton School Girls’ Division, who won the Year 7-9 Artwork category was announced as the Overall Winner 2018.

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive at Show Racism the Red Card said: “The awards ceremony was such a good event this year and we know, thanks to Stoke City FC, it was a really special day for everyone involved.

“The competition has been running for 18 years now and has seen young people produce truly inspirational work, some of which has been incorporated into our wider awareness-raising activities.

“The standard of this year’s winning entries has once again has been brilliant. We’re 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 racism.”

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Congratulations to all the competition winners. Highlighting the anti-racism message is extremely important and these young people have done so in a range of creative ways.