Show Racism the Red Card teamed up again with Croydon Council and Crystal Palace FC to deliver an anti-racist afternoon for young people from the London borough’s schools.
Around 175 young people from Year 5 – Year 10 attended the event in the Players’ Lounge, where they participated in educational activities and a Question and Answer session on racism with a great panel as well as enjoying a screening of the SRtRC DVD. On arrival at Selhurst Park the audience were treated to a buffet and refreshments, courtesy of Croydon Council.
Laura Fleck, Education, Information & Events Worker at Show Racism the Red Card was the compere for the afternoon’s proceedings and introduced Councillor Gavin Barwell, Cabinet Member for Safety & Cohesion at Croydon Council, who formally opened the event with some kind words of welcome and support. The panel were then introduced to the audience and they included:
Crystal Palace FC players Sean Scannell and Nathaniel Clyne, Crystal Palace Ladies’ players, Natalie Curtis, Kim Morris & Abby Jackson, Cllr Gavin Barwell, Croydon Youth Parliamentarian Montel Peck, Chief Inspector John Webb from the Metropolitan Police and Chief Executive of Croydon’s Black & Minority Ethnic Forum, Nero Ughwujabo.
Following the introductions, Laura ran a short educational introduction to the DVD with the audience, highlighting some of the issues that the film would raise and establishing a definition of racism. The young people were reminded to think of some good questions to ask the panel later in the event.
After the DVD was screened, the young people were split in to groups for an activity that was designed to maximise the possibility of follow-on work on racism being undertaken in the pupils’ schools. The activity asked the young people to identify ways in which schools, the Council, Crystal Palace FC, the wider community and the young people themselves could further tackle racism. It was a priority for Croydon Council that some follow-on work was to be conducted stemming from the event and a meeting of some of the panellists and schools has been organised to try and facilitate this.
When the activity was finished the young people re-took their seats and the Question & Answer session began. The content of this session was really good and the panel handled the questions very well. The best questions of the day received signed SRtRC T-Shirts and the best question of the day received CPFC match tickets. The Q&A ran for about 25 minutes and could have gone on for much longer had time allowed.
The event was officially closed, but young people were able to get their Crystal Palace FC / SRtRC posters signed by the players, go on a tour of Selhurst Park and collect SRtRC goody bags. There was also a film project run by the Council called YouQube which encouraged audience members to be interviewed in a booth and talk about how they saw the borough developing in the future.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all at Crystal Palace FC and Croydon Council for their support of the campaign. SRtRC would like to thank David Dalgleish of Croydon Council and Kevin Miller of CPFC in particular for all the hard work they put in that ensured the event was a success. The campaign looks forward to renewing this successful partnership in the 2009-10 season.