Our Welsh office held their second event of the season at the home of the Bluebirds in Cardiff.
This season’s event at Cardiff City was by far the most successful to date with extensive media coverage and some fantastic answers from both players; the club have again taken the event at Cardiff to the next level and are keen to continue their support in Wales for SRtRC.
Jason Webber - Campagin Worker
Our Annual club event at Cardiff City Stadium held again during the Fortnight of Action in Black History Month was one of the first major events of the season. 140 young people attended the Cardiff City Stadium from Llansannor C/W, Fairfield, Jenner Park and St.Davids Primary schools.
The event started with an anti racism workshop delivered by ex-professional footballer Christian Roberts and our Welsh education team Simon Richards and Chris Stoakes.
Pupils took part in interactive activities exploring the question, "What is racism and how can we stop it?"
Activities included using the young people’s favourite music and TV along with food as examples of how a diverse community can have a positive effect on their lives.
Christian Roberts spoke about some true life stories he has come across while playing and Education Co-ordinator Simon Richards used recent media stories to aim to dispel stereotypes and prejudices.
The main event section consisted of the young people watching the Campaigns DVD which with addition to the morning’s workshop gave them plenty of information to design their questions for the panel of guests during the question and answer session.
Assembly Member Vaughan Gething opened the main event prior to joining the panel, talking to the audience about his experiences of racism and prejudice.
Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Janice Charles who has been a key supporter of the Campaign over the last few years supported the event on behalf of the Vale of Glamorgan who funds our work in schools in the Vale by sitting on the panel.
The final guests from Cardiff City FC were Aron Gunnarsson and Welsh International Robert Earnshaw.
Players were quizzed by the young people with questions such as Have you ever experienced racism, when did racism start and is racism on the rise?
Stuart Williams from the NUT who have previously funded our teacher conferences chose the best asked questions and 4 winners that compromised of one from each school received tickets for an up- coming Cardiff City match.
The event was covered by the clubs media department and was also attended by the BBC and ITV who featured the event on the evening’s news.
Furthermore the event was highlighted in 3 newspapers across Wales.
Robert Earnshaw was interviewed after the event about his experiences and his thoughts on the importance of the Campaign.
During the event Earnshaw said: "As a Football Club we unite as one against racism.
Football is a game followed by all and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background. We all have a role in stopping racism in sport and society in general.
These kids are the future. The earlier we can get important messages like these out to them the better.”
The video interview can be viewed HERE
The Fairfield pupils said they had learnt some important lessons from the workshop.
Ten-year-old Mark Masangkay said: “It definately gave me thought for the future and how the things you say can really hurt and effect people.”
Evan Warburton added: “It was very informative and interesting, and of course it was great to see the players. Racism has no place in football or in school - that was the most imporatant message.”
Dr Julie Edwards accompanied the pupils on the trip.
“It’s nice to have something positive for them to focus on and events like this just re-inforce the things we try and teach them in school. It’s a very powerful tool when it comes from a role model they admire and look up to.”
AM Gething said: “Show racism the red card isn't just a worthy cause, it’s an effective campaign that engages young people in understanding the damage that racism causes. We know that sporting role models have been a big success story in engaging young people. I look forward to continuing to support this campaign now and in the future."
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Our event at Cardiff was a big success which was covered well in the media, we will continue to work with Cardiff City FC and the schools will have a follow up session in the coming weeks.
We would like to thank the club, Aron and Robbie and our special guests for supporting SRtRC and the event at CCS.
For more information about our events contact our Welsh office at:
Wales@theredcard.org or call 02920 340 422
To view up-coming events click HERE
*Pupil interviews were adapted from the Penarth Times article.