Derby County FC

Education event with Derby County FC

Show Racism the Red Card returned to Pride Park for an excellent event with Derby County FC. The club again got right behind the campaign and ensured that the 120 young people from Derby City and Derbyshire County schools had a great day. This event was sponsored by both Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council.


Officially opening the event was Cllr Barry Lewis, Cabinet Member for Young People at Derbyshire County Council officially opened the event with some words of support. This was followed by a screening of the SRtRC DVD which the young people watched attentively ahead of the Q&A session on racism which featured a panel including Derby County FC players Thomas Cywka and Dean Leacock, SRtRC coach and former professional footballer Olivier Bernard, Cllr Lewis and the Mayor of Derby Cllr Amar Nath.


The panel gave some great answers to the questions from the young people. Derby County had also provided a brilliant prize for the panel’s favourite question of the day; the lucky winner would be ‘Rammy’s Special Guest’ at an upcoming home fixture and would receive 4 tickets for the game, have their photo taken with the players and have a kick-about on the pitch with Rammy the DCFC mascot on the pitch at Pride Park before kick-off. SRtRC provided kit bags, including T-Shirts which the players signed for the runners-up. All of the young people in attendance were able to take away SRtRC goody bags with signed copies of the new SRtRC / DCFC poster.


The Mayor of Derby, Cllr Amar Nath officially closed the event following the presentation of the prizes and after the young people collected autographs and photographs, SRtRC staff ran some educational activities for the young people.


The event attracted some good press coverage, from Derby County’s website and programme team, local newspapers and radio. SRtRC would like to thank all who attended, the sponsors Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council for their support and of course Derby County FC for hosting the event and in particular Simon Carnall for all his help in organising the day.