St Johnstone player Collin Samuel, social and vocational studies students Katie Ironside and Steven Campbell and Saints’ Liam Craig make a stand at McDiarmid Park.
PERTH COLLEGE students yesterday joined forces to denounce racism.
McDiarmid Park was the venue for a special event for those on social and vocational studies (SVS) courses.
The home of St Johnstone was the first stadium venue for Show Racism the Red Card—a series of educational and coaching workshops.
Previously the sessions—funded by the local community safety partnership—were held in primary schools.
The initiative uses top footballers to educate against racism and the students’ visit was aimed at making it clear the college will not tolerate discriminatory behaviour.
Students were shown a new Show Racism the Red Card educational DVD and then met St Johnstone players, who signed squad posters and handed over an autographed football on behalf of the club.
Jo West, SVS curriculum manager at Perth College, said, “We were delighted to be part of this event as it gave the students a better knowledge and understanding of the complex issues of belief, culture, tolerance and respect.
“That is something they can continue to develop in their programmes at college.
“The role model status of professional footballers was a positive and enjoyable way to educate our group about racism, giving them the knowledge to recognise and challenge unacceptable discrimination and behaviour in the community,” she added.
Source: The Courier