Newcastle United FC strikers Peter Lovenkrands and Marlon Harewood joined North East football legends and SRtRC Coaches for a fantastic day of anti-racist education.
We have learned to be respectful to other cultures. It’s important so that you are not nasty.
Callum Robson, 9, Brandling Primary School.
125 pupils from 5 different North East schools attended the educational day situated at Newcastle United’s historic home ground.
During the morning session the pupils enjoyed a carousel of 4 workshops. They engaged in a SRtRC-led anti-racist educational session; heard from Hassan Ali, a refugee who escaped the Rwandan genocide; experienced world music through Gateshead-based Positive Images; and were led on an exciting ground tour around St James’ Park.
In the afternoon the pupils viewed SRtRC’s anti-racist educational DVD. They then partook in a Q&A with an impressive panel featuring Newcastle United strikers Marlon Harewood and Peter Lovenkrands. The NUFC players were joined on the panel by SRtRC Coaches, Gary Bennett, John Anderson, Dean Gordon and Curtis Fleming.
Pupils were invited to pose questions on racism to the footballers, who offered their advice and personal stories. All the pupils who asked questions received SRtRC mini-footballs, with NUFC match tickets the two best runner-up questions.
The star question asked “what can the attendees do to fight racism?”. For this pertinent question the pupils won a SRtRC mini football, SRtRC wristband, SRtRC t-shirt and a pair of NUFC match tickets.
All 125 young people received SRtRC goodie bags and signed NUFC 2009/10 team posters.
The schools in attendance were West Denton Primary, Richardson Dees Primary, Forest Hall Primary, Brandling Primary and Ashington School. The day was a complete success, combining both a comprehensive education based around tolerance and anti-racism, and a thrilling and memorable day involving a multitude of high profile footballers.
Local newspaper, the Evening Chronicle, covered the event:
Finally, SRtRC would like to say a huge thank you to Newcastle United FC, particularly Chris Hughton, Mark Hannen, Kate Carnaby, Judy Porteous and all the staff that helped make the event such a success.