Young Scots gather at Hampden Park to be rewarded for their anti-racism efforts
Students and pupils from schools and colleges across Scotland joined with major names from the world of Scottish football at Hampden Park on Thursday 22 March to stand united against racism and sectarianism.
As part of our annual Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition in partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Scottish Football Association, young people were asked to come up with a creative way of getting anti-racism and anti-sectarianism message across.
Thousands of young people across Scotland took part and today at Hampden recognises the creative efforts of all participants.
The competition sends a clear message that young people want Scotland to be a welcoming and multi-cultural society. The prize giving is the highlight of the Scottish calendar in challenging racism and sectarianism.
Football clubs across Scotland continue to support Show Racism the Red Card by donating a variety of prizes for the winners and players from a selection of football clubs were present on the day to present prizes and meet the young people.
Having the support of professional football clubs has a tremendously positive impact on young people participating in the Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: "We are committed to promoting a fair and inclusive Scotland. The Show Racism the Red Card creative competition has been a great success and showcases the talent and imagination of young people in Scotland's schools and colleges.
“The competition clearly illustrates young peoples’ belief that there is no place for racism and sectarianism in Scotland. We are delighted to continue to support Show Racism the Red Card and the creative competition and thank all the young people, teachers and lecturers who have backed this important initiative."
Bill Butler, Show Racism the Red Card said, “The competition is now in its ninth year and continues to be a highly successful and integral part of our Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
“I continue to be amazed at how creative our young people can be in finding ways to get the anti-racism and anti-sectarianism messages across. Everyone participating in the competition should be congratulated for their inspirational work. Challenging racism and sectarianism goes beyond entering the competition and everyone has an important role to play. Our young people of today will influence the society of tomorrow, and I hope that one day we live in a Scotland that is free from racism and sectarianism.”
Broughton High School
Cowdenbeath Primary School
Edinburgh's Telford College
Knockbreck Primary School
Lawthorn Primary School
Park Nursery School
Smithycroft Secondary School
Star Primary School
Stonelaw High School
Strathallan Primary School
Trinity High School
Players who attended Awards Ceremony:
Celtic FC: Andre Blackman
Dunfermline Athletic FC: Nick Phinn and Steven Bell
Hamilton Academical FC: Jordan Kilpatrick and Lee Kilday
Kilmarnock FC: Danny Buijs and Duoduo Sissoko
Partick Thistle FC: Aaron Sinclair and Stephen O'Donnell
Rangers FC: Sone Aluko