Over 100 primary children from schools across Teesside attended Riverside Stadium for a full day anti-racist education event.
Over 100 primary children from schools across the Teesside region attended the Riverside Stadium, home to Middlesbrough FC, for a full day, anti-racist education event hosted by Show Racism the Red Card.
The event was officially opened by Simon Dale of Redcar & Cleveland partnership who provided an inspiring and informative speech setting the scene for what was an action packed day.
Through the morning, messages of tolerance, justice, challenging stereotypes and anti-racism were delivered through a carousel of interactive workshops facilitated by Show Racism the Red Card's education team and PEER Kids founder, David Foster. Each school also had a ground tour of the stadium which included pitch side and changing room visits.
The action continued in the afternoon with a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card DVD featuring top footballers followed by a participatory true or false quiz which consolidated the learning. Young people demonstrated solid knowledge of some of the key aspects of racism, its origins, the forms it can take and consequences of leaving it unchallenged.
To finish proceedings pupils had the opportunity to take part in a lively racism question and answer session and a chance to meet some very special guests. Answering questions and sharing personal experiences were our panel, which comprised of Show Racism the Red Card coaches and ex-professional footballers Gary Bennett, Olivier Bernard, Dean Gordon and Curtis Fleming, and current Middlesbrough left-back and Show Racism the Red Card patron, Justin Hoyte.
The pupils demonstrated real commitment to the subject and brilliant energy and enthusiasm for challenging racism. Best questions were rewarded with fantastic Show Racism the Red Card prizes and signed Middlesbrough FC memorabilia.
After waiting patiently in line for autographs, photographs and Show Racism the Red Card goody bags and signed Middlesbrough team posters, pupils returned home, exhausted but smiling and full of ideas and passion for showing racism the red card in their schools and communities.
Huge thanks to Di O'Connell and the team at the Riverside Stadium for their continued support and we look forward to working together on another fantastic event next year.