Our Welsh office held their first event of the season at Newport Stadium
Again this year we held a joint event with both football and rugby clubs in Wales at a time when the world cup is gripping the nation in Wales, the idea of the young people interacting from different communities was a huge success, one which we are aiming to introduce in other areas.
Jason Webber - Campaign Worker
This season's event at Newport Stadium was held during the Fortnight of Action in Black History Month. It was the first event of the season which saw 40 young people attend from Maindee Primary and Millbrook Primary schools.
The event started with an anti racism workshop delivered by ex- professional footballer Christian Roberts and Education co-ordinator Simon Richards.
The event was part of a project in Newport with the Community Cohesion Fund which both schools were selected to take part in the event. The two schools are different in terms of their ethnic diversity.
The workshop's theme was “working together”. Pupils from both schools were moved around and activities encouraged the young people to learn from one another and find similarities from each other’s culture and hobbies. Many of the young people made new friends as a result of the event and its activities.
The activity above involved the pupils linking up arms if they have similarities with a pupil on the end of the chain and it showed the young people that they have many things in common with each other irrespective of their background and culture.
The main event section consisted of the young people watching the Campaign's 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.
Players were quizzed by the young people with questions such as, "Why are people racist?", "How does it make you feel when someone is racist to you?" and "How can we stop racism?"
The Newport County and Newport Gwent Dragons players chose the best asked questions who received match tickets for an up and coming Newport County match.
To view photos from the event visit our Facebook Page HERE.
Our joint event at Newport Stadium was a success with many of the young people finding out new things and making new friends, we will continue to work with both Newport County AFC and Newport Gwent Dragons and the schools will have a follow up session in the coming weeks with the Community Cohesion project.
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