Show Racism the Red Card visited the Boleyn Ground for an event with West Ham United. Welsh international Danny Gabbidon came along to show his support for the campaign.
The event was organised by working in partnership with WHUFC’s Community Trust, which meant that an audience of 250 young people from Newham schools were able to take part. The young people were there to see a screening of the SRtRC DVD and take part in a Q&A on racism with a panel that included current West Ham United defender and Wales International, Danny Gabbidon.
The event got underway with an educational session run by SRtRC’s own former Hammer, Leroy Rosenior. Leroy ran a great half an hour with the young people that got them thinking about racism and issues around it. This interactive time was very well received and Leroy was, as always, very engaging in his delivery, which ensured that the young people were provided with plenty of food for thought for the Q&A later in the proceedings.
Following the educational session, the DVD was screened and was well received by the audience. The DVD was paused at an appropriate section to allow for some more discussion of some of the issues raised and reflection on the serious consequences of racism. This was again lead by Leroy and as he was speaking Danny Gabbidon arrived and was introduced. While the remainder of the film was shown Danny busied himself with signing autographs for the young people to takeaway.
Following the film, the Q&A session began. Leroy and Danny were joined by Matt Ancell from Athena Sport & the Metropolitan Police and Sarah Soyei, SRtRC Regional Manager South & South East England.
The standard of questions was particularly high and the panel handled them admirably. The panel’s favourite questions were rewarded with pairs of tickets for a West Ham United home game and also SRtRC T-Shirts signed by Danny Gabbidon.
The three lucky winners had their photos taken with Danny before the end of the event. All of the attendees were able to take away an SRtRC goody bag which West Ham United also provided some materials for. This ensured that all of the attendees went home with something to remember the event and most importantly, the message of the day, by.
This event received some great publicity as it was filmed by West Ham United TV for a piece on their website. The piece included an interview with Leroy which touched on his experiences of racism as a professional footballer. The Community Trust hope to use some of this interview as part of a film to be shown during the FARE fortnight of action.
SRtRC would like to thank everyone who attended this event and participated so readily. In particular we would like to thank West Ham United FC and the Community Trust, especially Andy Scott and Mick King who did so much to ensure that the event was a success. SRtRC look forward to continuing this partnership with West Ham United in the future.