Young people from schools and colleges across Scotland joined with major names from the world of Scottish football and politics at Hampden Park on Thursday 22nd March to celebrate diversity.
Each year Show Racism the Red Card Scotland runs a creative competition to ask young people to come up with a creative way of promoting our messages of anti-racism. This is the 14th awards ceremony that we have had at Hampden Park and is a really great opportunity to show our appreciation to the young people of Scotland for all their hard work and effort in making a stand against racism and sectarianism. The theme of this year’s competition was “Nelson Mandela 27”
Over 1300 young people across Scotland took part in this year’s competition with entrants coming from as far as the Isle of Skye and Aberdeen to schools in the central belt. The competition sends a clear message that young people want Scotland to be a welcoming and multi-cultural society. The prize giving is the highlight of the Scottish calendar in challenging racism.
Football clubs across Scotland continue to support Show Racism the Red Card by donating a variety of prizes for the winners. Leanne Crichton from the Scotland Women’s National Team and Maddie Hill from Glasgow City FC , former Scotland Manager Craig Brown and current Hamilton FC players Dougie Imrie and David Templeton were on hand on the day to present the young people with their prizes. Angela Constance Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities welcomed the young people to Hampden and commended them on their excellent work and Alan McRae the President of the Scottish FA closed the ceremony. The Scottish FA continue to support the competition at Hampden Park.
STV’s David Farrell lent his support to the campaign taking time out his busy schedule to host the awards ceremony.
Nicola Hay, Show Racism the Red Card said, “The competition is now in its 14th year and continues to be a highly successful and integral part of our Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
“I am amazed at how creative our young people can be in finding ways to get the anti-racism messages across. Everyone participating in the competition should be congratulated for their inspirational work. The 1300 young people who took part in the competition are giving Scotland a clear message – the country they want to live in has no room for racism.”
“The competition and the work that we do across Scotland encourages young people to think critically about myths and stereotypes towards minority groups as well as educating against prejudice. “
Equalities Secretary, Angela Constance said: "Campaigns like Show Racism the Red Card are a wonderful way of celebrating diversity, using positivity and creativity to fight prejudice. As more and more young people get involved in its work, the message that Scotland does not tolerate discrimination spreads across all our communities.”
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank the following organisations for continuing to provide sponsorship for the competition: Sky Sports, GMB Union, ASLEF Union, Topps, Tunnocks, SFA, Scottish Government, EIS, PFA Scotland.
Below is a list of all of the finalist. Congratulations to them all.
Additional Support for learning
Winner – Daniel Smith, Buchanan High, North Lanarkshire
Highly Commended – Lourdes Primary, Glasgow Group entry form pupils P1 –P7
Highly Commended – James McFarlane School, North Ayrshire, Ayleigh Burns, Louisa Turner, Hope Templeton, Max Shannon and Shannon Troy
Primary 1 – 2
Winner – Aimee Alexander, Holmston Primary, South Ayrshire
Highly Commended – Abbey Paton, Lennox Primary, West Dunbarton
Highly Commended – Emily McEwan, St Michael’s Primary, North Lanarkshire
Primary 3 – 5
Winner – Ariella Baya, Holmston Primary, South Ayrshire
Highly Commended - Fatiha Mahmood, Haleema Mehr and Denisa Covaci, Pollockshields Primary, Glasgow
Highly Commended – Melanie Grossman, Calderwood Lodge Primary, East Renfrewshire
Highly Commended – Lewis Weeden, Killermont Primary, East Dunbartonshire
Highly Commended – Taylor Aitken, Troon Primary, South Ayrshire
Primary 6 – 7
Winner – Lewis O’Neil, St Eunan’s Primary, West Dunbartonshire
Highly Commended – Mya Milroy, Hillington Primary, Glasgow
Highly Commended – Lara Sherry, St Joseph’s Primary, Argyll and Bute
Highly Commended – Isla Brownlie, Orchard Primary, North Lanarkshire
S1 – 3
Winner - Ruby Cathro and Lauren McAuley, Lomond School, Independent
Highly Commended – Lomond Docherty, Jordanhill School, Glasgow
Highly Commended – Lucy Haggarty, Joey Leach, Keir McGarry Our Lady’s High, North Lanarkshire
Highly Commended - Josie Bloom, Gabrielle Campbell, Erica Wood, Lochaber High, Highland
S4 – 6
Winner - Ruhi Mahomoodally, Millburn Academy, Highland
Winner - Frances Muyot, Liam McLaughlin, Bianca Elis, Trinity High
Highly Commended - Adam Smith, Joel Wintle, Callum Galbraith, Jordanhill School, Glasgow
Winner – Mount Florida Primary 6 and 7 pupils, Glasgow
Highly Commended – Anna Rennie, Bethany Blair, Abbie O’Shae, Emma Louise Rose, Karis McGugan, Kayla Owens, All Saints Primary, Inverclyde
Highly Commended – Rhianna Campbell, Nicole McCormack, St Denis’ Primary, Glasgow
Special Merit Award
Andrew Coulshed, Killermont Primary, East Dunbartonshire
Winner – New Young Peers Group, Glasgow Clyde College