Statement following England v Bulgaria match

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Following the disturbing scenes during the England v Bulgaria Euro 2020 qualifier last night we have issued the below response:

“We are shocked by the racist abuse levelled at England players during the England v Bulgaria match last night.

“In spite of the disgraceful language and behaviour from a section of Bulgaria supporters, Gareth Southgate and the team conducted themselves with professionalism and dignity. We commend the team for bravely challenging this racist abuse and for standing together against racism to continue with the match .

“We were encouraged by the quick and decisive action taken by match officials during the game. This strong stance must continue however and we are keen to see UEFA demonstrate that there is no place for racism in football by bringing the strongest possible sanctions.”

North London young people to learn about tackling racism at Arsenal event

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North London primary school pupils will be joining special guests to learn about how to tackle racism at an event we’re hosting with Arsenal Football Club.

The event on Friday 11 October 2019 will see 120 students from local primary schools take part in workshops that explore important issues including racism, stereotypes and hate crime. The young people will get the chance to tour the Club’s Emirates Stadium, before posing their own questions about racism to a panel of special guests including Arsenal legend Rachel Yankey OBE, cricketer Monty Panesar, singer Jermain Jackman and former players Paul Canoville, Anwar Uddin and Paul Elliott CBE.

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Arsenal on this event to talk to local young people about racism and hate crime. Educational events like this are incredibly important to help young people develop an understanding of racism and hate crime and the hurt and impact they can have. We hope every young person leaves with the confidence to know what they can do if they experience or witness racism. Football club events are a unique way of delivering anti-racism education and we’re grateful to have the support of clubs like Arsenal FC and our special guests today.”

Every season we work with football clubs across England to deliver anti-racism education to youngsters from local schools. In the 2018/19 football season we worked with 40 football clubs across England to deliver anti-racism workshops to school pupils.

‘Stop the Hate’ with West Ham United

Paul Hill (Show Racism the Red Card), Leroy Rosenior, Josiah Oyekunle (WHU Foundation Learning Mentor)

Paul Hill (Show Racism the Red Card), Leroy Rosenior, Josiah Oyekunle (WHU Foundation Learning Mentor)

We’re working with West Ham United Foundation (WHUF) and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on their new ‘Stop the Hate’ programme.

The partnership programme is available to schools across east London and Essex and involves children receiving a combination of preventative workshops alongside inclusive health and wellbeing sessions.

Through these interactive sessions, pupils will be supported to think critically about the information that they receive and understand the harm caused by division and hatred. In addition, a key aspect of the programme includes providing teachers and youth leaders with a better understanding of the issues amongst the young people they work with and provide them with tools to continue to tackle race inequalities amongst their pupils.

Between January 2019 and July 2019, the Met Police recorded a staggering 35.4% increase on racist and religious hate crime in London. A 7.14% increase has been recorded between June and July this year alone. Therefore, by harnessing the power of football, the ‘Stop the Hate’ programme will aim to raise awareness and empower primary and secondary school pupils with the knowledge and understanding to challenge and refute racist and prejudicial ideas. Importantly, the initiative will also benefit from the experiences and knowledge of West Ham United legend and current West Ham United Foundation Ambassador for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Leroy Rosenior.

When asked about the evident need for this local programme, Leroy Rosenior remarked: “When hate speech is not only condoned but used by leaders of political parties all over the world, we find ourselves in a situation where hate crime is on the rise. So, I’m so proud to be the West Ham Ambassador chosen to work in partnership with the West Ham United Foundation and Show Racism the Red Card in education work, aimed at not only keeping our communities safe but encouraging the next generation of young people to eradicate all forms of hate.”

This new project, which will run across the 19/20 season, will see WHUF and Show Racism the Red Card build upon a successful two-year programme in Barking and Dagenham which ran between 2015 and 2017, consisting of 10 schools engaging in the programme each year and a total of almost 2,500 students receiving a full day preventative workshop.

Councillor Darren Rodwell expressed that this is an initiative which he welcomed to the borough: “The rise in hate crimes, and the sometimes seemingly relentless expression of hate on social media, makes initiatives like this so important. Over the last 10 years we have led the way challenging all forms of hatred and discrimination, and by joining together with the West Ham United Foundation and Show Racism the Red Card we will be able to make sure that our young people lead the way, and show that Barking and Dagenham is a borough of hope where there is no place for hate.”

An ambitious outcome of the programme is to engage with up to 25 schools across the Barking and Dagenham borough, which is an important aim especially in light of the current social climate as conveyed by Steve Goodsell, Southern Region Manager for Show Racism the Red Card: “The rise of hate crime in society is very concerning and each of us has a duty to do what we can to keep our communities safe, which is why Show Racism the Red Card are pleased to be working in partnership with the West Ham Utd Foundation to do just that. Our joint expertise combined with the appeal of the Football Club will help educate thousands of young people on the dangers of racism and other forms of discrimination, the main aim being to keep them safe, but also provide young people with knowledge on what to do if they or family members have been subjected to hate crime.”

West Ham United Foundation CEO, Joe Lyons, went on to further highlight West Ham United’s commitment: “As the local football club with deep roots in the Borough, it is our commitment, working with Leroy as our Club legend and Show Racism the Red Card with their expertise, passion and commitment, to ensure all young people understand the message we bring. As a community, we need to be more tolerant, less divisive and show empathy to our neighbours and communities. We are proud of our work in this area and as a Club we are fully dedicated to uniting our community to tackle hate crime in all its forms and we will continue to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do.”

If your school would like to participate in the ‘Stop the Hate’ programme or you would like to find out more information, please contact Temisan Williams – temisanwilliams@westhamunited.co.uk

If you have been a victim of or need to report a hate crime you can do so through: http://report-it.org.uk/your_police_force

Educational Event- Stoke City F.C 26/09/2019

Show Racism the Red Card returned to the Bet365 Stadium for an event with Stoke City FC organised in conjunction with Stoke City Football in the Community (FITC). Year 5 pupils from Burnwood Community Primary School were invited to the 1863 Suite at the stadium to take part in an day of activities exploring anti-racism, stereotypes and Islamophobia.

 

This included a screening of the SRtRC DVD and a question and answer session on racism with very special guests: Stoke City Ladies FC player, Faye McCoy and former professional footballer and current SRtRC ambassador Chris Iwelumo. Joining them on the panel were Show Racism the Red Card Wales team member and ex-professional footballer Sean Wharton and Show Racism the Red Card Campaign Worker Seth Ejukwu.

 

During the event, the young people took part in some educational activities which included a look at anti-racism and stereotypes as well as a workshop exploring Islamophobia. The audience of 75 young people really engaged in the activities and made some great contributions. The session got the young people thinking about racism before seeing the new SRtRC educational film.

 

Following the DVD, the audience were able to put their questions to Chris, Faye, Sean and Seth about racism and they shared with them their own experiences of racism and advice on how to effectively deal with it.

 

Stoke City FC provided some great prizes for the favourite questions from the audience. A SCFC football signed by the whole first team for the first prize, SRtRC also provided t-shirts and mini footballs for the runners-up which the panel were happy to sign. SRtRC also provided a goody bag that was given to everyone that included the new magazine and SRtRC wristband.

 

There was press coverage from the BBC Asian Network as they broadcast live from the event as part of their ‘We Are Stoke on Trent’ campaign. There was also coverage from the Stoke City FC media team.

 

SRtRC would like to thank Stoke City FC for hosting this event and their support for the campaign. Particular thanks must go to Steve Hunt of the Stoke City Football in the Community department for all his help in organising the event. We look forward to working with the club in the future.

#WRD19 Launch

This year’s Wear Red Day launched on the 3rd of September at Unite the Unions London offices. The event had a wide range of speakers including, Christine Blower, Len McCluskey, Paul Elliot CBE, Sadiq Khan, Ros McNeil and Ged Grebby.  We would like to thank all the speakers for their words.

SRtRC would like to thank Chris Houghton, Paul Canoville, Alain Goma, Anwar Uddin, Paul Mortimer, Monty Panesar, Alex Mcleish, Pat Nevin, Harold Odametey, Patrick Millar, Lily Lovett, Deana Uppal and Patrick Monahan for their attendance and active support for the work that we do.

Thanks also go to everyone else that attended the event and to everyone who has helped organise this year’s #WRD19. We hope that this can be the biggest #WRD19 that we’ve ever had!

 “Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Len McCluskey and Unite the Union for hosting the Wear Red Day launch 2019.  We had a fantastic turnout of guests and a excellent line up of speakers.  Thanks to our speaker: Sadiq khan, Ros McNeil from NEU, Christine Blower and Paul Elliott.  We are now building for Wear Red Day on Friday 18th October and would urge all our supporters to order a #WRD19 pack.  Together we can make a difference in the fight against racism.”- Ged Grebby.