Show Racism the Red Card returned to Pride Park Stadium for the campaign’s second event with Derby County FC in as many seasons.
Derby County FC, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council worked in partnership with SRtRC to organise the event, which saw an educational workshop run by the campaign in addition to a screening of the SRtRC film and a Q&A session featuring three Derby County FC players and representatives of both the County and City councils.
Over 100 young people from schools within each of the authorities attended this event, which was held in the Brian Clough suite. Councillor Sean Marshall, Mayor of Derby (Derby City Council), officially opened the event with some words of welcome and support. This was followed by some educational activities that encouraged the audience to think about racism, terminology and cultures. The young people participated well and this session helped focus on the issue for the rest of the event.
The Derby County FC players arrived in time to catch some of the education workshop and to see the film. SRtRC and the audience were delighted to be joined by Giles Barnes, Paul Dickov and Jake Buxton. Paul had to leave a little early but made sure that he signed a copy of the new SRtRC / Derby County FC poster, which was sponsored by both Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council. All of the young people received a signed copy of the poster and SRtRC goody bag at the end of the event.
The audience paid close attention to the film and the Q&A session that followed saw some brilliant questions levelled at the panel which, in addition to the players and the Mayor of Derby, featured Councillor Carol Hart, Cabinet Member for Communities at Derbyshire County Council. The young people had extra incentive to ask questions as Derby County FC had provided a special prize. The winner would get to go to a home game and be the official mascot for the match, which would see them go on the pitch with the team, take part in the warm-up and be a VIP guest at the game. SRtRC provided T-Shirts, which the players signed for the runners-up.
Following the Q&A and announcement of the winners, the lucky young people, players and council representatives had photos taken by members of the press in the Directors’ box of the stadium. This event received some great press coverage with TV, radio and local papers all picking up the story.
The event was closed with some words of support from Councillor Carol Hart, who thanked everyone for coming and underlined key themes of the event.
SRtRC would like to thank all who came to the event and supported it. Big thanks go to Derby County FC, the Community Department, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council for their support. Particular thanks to Simon Carnall of Derby County FC in the Community, Brian Cavanagh of Derbyshire County Council and Ann Webster of Derby City Council for their hard work in organising the event.