Exodus Geohaghon, Sam Williams & Kevin Maher shared their views on racism
I believe it is very important to take part in such worthwhile events and I was impressed by the pupils’ challenging questions and the positive impact the event and workshops clearly made on them.
Cllr Keith Prince, Leader of Redbridge Council
90 young people from Redbridge Schools attended The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium for a full day of anti-racism activities.
Pupils from Chadwell, Fullwood, Goodmayes, John Bramston and Ilford Jewish primary schools took part in a number of workshops exploring issues of racism as well as enjoying a tour of stadium.
The Roma Support Group & Sue Mutter, Redbridge Traveller Education Service Co-ordinater, delivered a workshop combatting racism towards Gypsy, Roma and Travellers. The young people were shocked and saddened to hear the story of Johnny Delaney, an Irish Traveller who was murdered because of his culture.
Show Racism the Red Card staff delivered a workshop defining racism, exploring stereotypes and discussing identity. The young people were empowered to recognise and reject racism. They were encouraged to always tell a teacher or adult if they see, hear or experience racism.
The highlight of the day was the chance for the young people to ask their own questions about racism to a fantastic panel of guests from the club: Exodus Geohagan, Sam Williams and Kevin Mahler alongside Steve Thompson, Managing Director. They were joined by Cllr Keith Prince, Leader of Redbridge Council; Laura Greason and Vasile Calin from Roma Support Group, and Show Racism the Red Card's Luther Blissett, former Watford and AC Milan footballer.
The question time was dynamic and thought-provoking, with Diamante from Ilford Jewish Primary school asking, "With the current reports of racism in football in the media, what effect do you think this has on children?"
Adam from Chadwell Primary School asked, "why do people judge others by their skin, colour, religion, nationality or culture - surely we should all be treated equally?" and Sunan from Goodmaye Primary brought the issue back to football, asking, "How can footbllers help to stop racism?"
The panellists were quick to agree that by speaking out about racism, and particularly by helping to educate young people, they could help to end racism.
Dagenham and Redbridge FC kindly donated 3 pairs of match tickets to the young people who asked these top questions. All young people received Daggers posters signed by the players and a goody bag containing a Red Card magazine.
SRtRC would like to thank Dagenham & Redbridge FC for hosting the event. Thanks also to the Premier League/ PFA Community Trust and Redbridge Council for their sponsorhip of this event. This was the third event in a programme of work sponsored by the Premier League / PFA Community Trust, you can see more dates in our forthcoming events section. Redbridge Council sponsored this event and the production of the SRtRC / Dagenham & Redbridge poster.
Big thanks to Teresa Parish from D&RFC FITC and Mike O’Hanlon of Redbridge Council for all of their help in organising the day. Thanks to Sue Mutter, Laura Greason, Gurdeep Singh Jutte, Vasile Calin, Cllr Keith Prince, Stephen Thompson, Exodus Geohaghon, Sam Williams, Kevin Maher and Luther Blissett for taking part in the event. We look forward to working with the club again in the future.
Dagenham and Redbridge FC host an anti-racism home game which has become an annual fixture for the Daggers and is a great way of publicly demonstrating the club’s support. All of the young people in attendance will be able to come to the D&RFC anti-racism game in March for just 50p.