The Blades help Show Racism the Red Card in Sheffield
Show Racism the Red Card worked with The United Initiative to organise a specials educational event for young people from Sheffield Primary Schools. Around 80 Year 5&6 pupils were invited to the Bramall Lane Stadium to take part in the event which included educational activities, a DVD screening and Q&A session with special guests.
After a short introduction the young people were able to take part in interactive activities that examined stereotypes, judging people before knowing them, a definition and examples of racism and terminology. The pupils contributed readily and were happy to share their thoughts and opinions.
Following the activities there was then a screening of the SRtRC DVD. The film and educational activities provided some good food for thought for the young peoples’ questions in the Q&A that followed.
The special guests that joined the panel caused great excitement amongst the audience: Sheffield United player and Kick It Out ambassador, Johnny Ertl and former professional footballer and current Coimmunity Development Manager at the United Initiative, Mark Todd. Both Johnny and Mark were happy to take questions on their experiences of racism on and off the pitch and shared with the audience their advice in dealing with racism too. There were some excellent questions and the panel’s favourite three were awarded a SRtRC t-shirt and mini football and the top question also received a signed Sheffield United ball.
John Fernandes, Deputy Headteacher of St Marie’s commented ‘I’d like to thank Sheffield United FC for inviting St Marie’s Catholic Primary School to attend the recent Show Racism the Red Card event at Bramall Lane. The children were given a real opportunity to talk about and share their concepts and misconceptions about racism. They examined what racism is, the influence of the media, recounts of racism experienced personally by current football players, both in the Premiership and worldwide, and how to deal with racist behaviour. Our pupils now realise clearly that racism takes many forms and know how to recognise it and what they should do about it."
SRtRC would like to thank Johnny Ertl, the young people and schools for taking part and making the event a success. Big thanks go to Sheffield United and the United Initiative for all their help in organising the event, particularly to Mark Todd, Sue Beeley, Holly Scott and Hannah. We will look forward to working with the club again in the near future.