Rotherham United FC

SRtRC working with RUFC Community Sports Trust on all day educational event

Show Racism the Red Card was looking forward to working with Rotherham United FC on another educational event with the club at the Don Valley Stadium. The date was arranged for Wednesday 12th October and young people from Rotherham Primary schools would make up the audience. For the second consecutive year the event was an all day event, comprising workshops delivered by Show Racism the Red Card and a fun football session delivered by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust staff.

When the day came, it did not disappoint! The young people from St Ann’s and Thornhill Primary Schools were willingly participated in all the workshops and were happy to engage with pupils of the ‘other’ school in mixed workshop groups. The SRtRC workshops focussed on activities around stereotypes, terminology and mythbusting. The fun football sessions were conducted out on the Athletics track and looked like tremendous fun.

In the afternoon both schools came back together for a screening of the SRtRC DVD and a question and answer session on racism. Unfortunately, the players who were due to attend and the rest of the squad were called in to a double training session. However, the Q&A was still a tremendous success with former Newcastle United full-back and current SRtRC coach Olivier Bernard joined by RUFC Community Sports Trust’s Community Cohesion Officer, Mark Cummins. Mark is a former professional cricketer with Durham amongst other teams, so it was very interesting for the audience to have both perspectives from within football, in cricket and in society on racism. Mark has also ensured that each of the schools will receive a player visit from RUFC first team members.

Each of the young people were able to take back with them a goody bag containing a copy of the new SRtRC ‘Red Card’ magazine, a 2011/12 season SRtRC / Rotherham United FC poster and stickers. RUFC also provided some prizes for the panel’s top three questions of the afternoon in the form of 3 pairs of match tickets and a ball signed by the entire first team.

Mark Cummins Community Cohesion Officer for Rotherham United said “We look forward to our visit from Show Racism the Red Card every year. We have always received positive feedback from schools and I am sure this year will be no different. We are working in both Thornhill and St Ann’s on wider projects around health, Leadership, the History of the Football Club and multi-sports. The Show Racism event will be a great addition to our programme in each school. The club remains dedicated to ensuring equality is valued and promoted within Rotherham and events like this are a positive way of ensuring young people are central to this work”