Our Welsh office visited Porthmadog FC in North Wales for their 14th club event of the season
This is the second ever event held with the club, the first being back in 2007. The club have always supported the Campaign in Wales and have pitch hoardings with the SRtRC name and logo and have taken part in the Fortnight of action over the past few seasons.
(Photo above right - Porthmadog football club license holder Eddie Blackburn, chairman Phil Jones with Simon Richards and Jason Webber of Show Racism the red card Wales with Megan Powell, Kara Owen, Beca Williams, Taece Hughes Kieran Havelock and Sion Evans of Ysgol Eifionydd (Nigel Hughes Photography)
Young people from Ysgol Eifionydd Comprehensive School attended the ground for the day to take part in Show Racism the RED Card’s club event at Porthmadog FC.
The morning saw the pupils take part in a workshop exploring all about racism, from what areas people can receive racism to the consequences of racism on society.
Pupils achieved this through interactive activities and discussions lead by Education Co-ordinator Simon Richards.
Taece, who took part in the workshop, said “I thought the workshop was interesting and full of information. I learnt not to say bad certain words; it’s not nice to treat people bad because they are different and it’s really important you get to know them before you judge them!”
After the workshop pupils had the opportunity to play football where some good skills and tricks were on show.
The afternoon session consisted of the young people watching our Campaign DVD which features football players such as Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Samuel Eto.
The pupils then had a burning questions session with Campaign Worker Jason Webber, where they could ask any outstanding questions they had from the morning’s workshop and after watching the DVD.
Jason Webber said “The young people listened really well today and asked some challenging questions, they were clearly interested in the topic and understood the importance it has on their lives and the lives of others. We hope they will take home the key messages they learnt today and help educate others and continue to be active in anti racism in their community.”
The young people then had the opportunity to visually show what they had learnt by designing an anti racism football shirt or a poster. The winning design won a SRtRC goodie bag and some memorabilia from the club.
Kevin Jones, who is Head of year 7 at Ysgol Eifionydd Comprehensive School, said of the event “It is valuable for the young people; they were very enthusiastic and have benefited from the experience. It is very important for the young people to learn the key messages as Porthmadog is becoming more and more multicultural.”
We will continue to work with the club over the coming seasons and will be looking to hold an event again next season.
To view photos from the event click HERE