‘A League For All’, the multi-partner project designed to tackle racism towards Asylum Seekers and Refugees, reached its final stage.
Primary 7 pupils from Knightswood Primary, Yoker Primary, Bankhead Primary, St Paul’s Primary, St Brendan’s Primary and St Ninian’s Primary all submitted teams to take part in a 5-a-side tournament at Petershill FC’s ground on Thursday 27th May 2010.
The schools had previously hosted Show Racism The Red Card educational workshops delivered by ex-Partick Thistle players Jim Duffy and Derek Ferguson and undergone training sessions by Partick Thistle Community Coach Danny Turner.
Tommy Breslin, Education Coordinator with Show Racism The Red Card said, “The pupils have learned that our football clubs are positive multi-cultural working environments and that society can learn a lot from that team spirit. Today is about teamwork and anti-racist education, I’m sure the pupils will enjoy the message.”
Francine Whitmore, Assistant Coordinator, Glasgow Asylum Seeker Support Programme, said “Our Scottish Curriculum for Excellence entitles all young people to educational experiences which promote fairness and equality in fun and active ways. Many of these quality learning experiences will take place outside and beyond the classroom. Today is a shining example of this type of authentic learning.”
Belinda McElhinney, Arts & Cultural Development Officer, Scottish Refugee Council, said “This city boasts professional players from a mix of faiths, religions and backgrounds, including several refugees. We hope this will inspire the young people involved in this league and help them reflect on the fact that football is a sport for all.”
Following the football tournament the pupils watched a Show Racism The Red Card film followed by a Q&A panel session that included Derek Ferguson.