Working with Stoke City FC’s Community Department and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, SRtRC organised an enjoyable and educational event for young people from local Primary Schools.
Stoke City FC hosted their first Show Racism the Red Card event at the Britannia Stadium since 2004 . SCFC in the Community kindly contacted the schools and an audience of over 70 pupils from 4 different schools came to the Waddington Suite to take part in an educational workshop, see a screening of the SRtRC film and take part in a Q&A on racism with a special panel.
The event was introduced by Cllr Terry Follows, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Cohesion and Communications at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The Council sponsored both the event and the new SRtRC / Stoke City FC poster. The educational workshop section of the event followed, run by Leroy Rosenior. The young people participated in activities designed to get them thinking about the issue of racism. The audience participated well in the session and it served as a very good introduction to the themes of the event.
Following the educational activities, a short break was followed by a screening of the SRtRC film. The audience had been thinking hard about some questions to ask the panel, which included Leroy, Cllr Follows and Earl Barrett, SRtRC Honorary Patron and current Stoke City FC under 16s manager. The young people were even more excited following the film when the final member of the panel, Stoke City FC striker Ricardo Fuller was introduced. There was certainly no shortage of questions and after the Q&A finished, the panel had a hard time choosing their favourites to award some prizes to. Stoke City FC provided a ball which Ricardo signed for a lucky winner and SRtRC had some T-Shirts to give away to the runners-up. All of the young people who attended received a SRtRC goody bag and were able to get a copy of the new SRtRC / SCFC poster signed by Ricardo before leaving.
The event received some excellent media coverage with Sky Sports interviewing Ricardo about his involvement in the day, which was screened in the build-up to Stoke’s game that weekend. The club website also covered the event and filmed interviews. SRtRC were delighted to be back at the Britannia and our thanks go to both the club and Stoke-on-Trent City Council for making this happen. Big thanks in particular go to Steve Hunt and Hayley Buckton for all of their help in organising the day.