The SRtRC team in November headed north to Elgin for this event, the first one to be held at the club.
The SRtRC team, of Tommy Breslin, Atta Yaqub and ex Aberdeen legend Brian Irvine, headed north to Elgin for this event, the first one to be held at the club.
On the Thursday prior to the event, the team organised meetings and a seminar at Moray College, as part of their Diversity Day, which was also a huge success. Brian Currie, Employability Officer, at the Moray College, said, “Visiting speakers were united in their comments about the ‘positive buzz’ around the college and were impressed by the large turnout and positive attitude of our students. It's great to have organisations like Show Racism the Red Card travel from Glasgow to deliver such a powerful message in such an enthusiastic and professional way”.
The Elgin City club event saw over a 100 pupils from St Sylvester’s RC and Seafield Primary Schools attend, in what turned out to be an excellent day in terms of enjoyment and the serious way in which the issues were discussed, in not only the Q&A session, but also the workshops led by SRtRC staff.
Brian Irvine, said, “The Elgin City event was a great day of fun and learning for all the youths present”.
The quality of the questions the young people asked was unparalleled for such a young age group. Also, the discipline and attention they showed within their workshops was remarkable. Elgin City representatives included manager Ross Jack, and first team player Graham Tatters, who were both able recall on past experiences and give valuable advice to the attentive audience.
Ross Jack, “The seminar was well organised and put across a good message to the local schools. I was pleased with the interaction from the pupils and teachers with the questions for myself and the others on the panel to answer”
Graham Tatters, “It was a nice event for the pupils and teachers to get involved in. I’m glad that sport can highlight and help battle these issues”.
Community Football Manager, Robbie Hope who was also on the panel, said, “The ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ event was fantastic! The schools got the chance to meet a Scottish legend as well as professionals from Elgin City Football Club. We were delighted that SRtRC chose Elgin City FC to host the event and were proud that everyone involved gave a big Red Card to Racism!”
Andrew McDonald, Community Coach commented, “Quality Day, quality questions, quality kids!”
SRtRC’s very own Brian Irvine was also able to participate on the panel. The kids were shown the new Scottish anti-racism DVD, which invoked some excellent discussion and questions.
The young people participated in different workshops, which focused around anti-racism, anti-Islamophobia, the issues facing asylum seeker and refugee communities, and for the fun element a tour of Elgin City football ground. They then had the opportunity to win SRtRC prizes, and all those who took part were given a SRtRC goodie bag, containing The Red Card magazine, badge and a selection of posters.
The afternoon concluded with an opportunity for the kids to have their squad posters signed by the panel.
Thanks to all those that made this event possible, we look forward to further events with Elgin City FC and Moray College.