Pupils from Newton and St John’s Primary Schools attended Ayr United FC on Monday 26 March for a Show Racism the Red Card Event organised in partnership with South Ayrshire Council and Ayr United FC.
The event featured three educational workshops in the morning promoting anti-racism, anti-sectarianism and overall messages of equality and respect, and the pupils were also treated to a fun and fitness coaching session.
During the afternoon the Show Racism the Red Card anti-racism educational film was screened, which features some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba.
Guests on the day included Ayr United FC Manager Brian Reid, ex-professional and Show Racism the Red Card coach Gary MacKay, along with MSP John Scott, representatives from South Ayrshire Council, Strathclyde Police and UNISON. The guests spoke about their experiences of racism and sectarianism and offered advice on how to deal with, and combat, racism and sectarianism whenever it occurs.
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
“Our current partnership with South Ayrshire Council has seen us visit many schools across the region promoting equality and diversity. The dangers of racism and sectarianism are significant and education is vital in order that young people can recognise these and other forms of discrimination and be equipped to challenge them as they grow and develop.
"This was our first ever event at Ayr United FC and the event was a great success, one of the many highlights for the young people attending was receiving their football coaching session on the pitch.
The continued invaluable support received from South Ayrshire Council and Ayr United FC demonstrates a clear commitment to stamping out racism and sectarianism in football and society. Schools in the area are very keen to engage with the campaign and the young people we have worked with are very positive about it".
Pictured above: MSP John Scott, UNISON South Ayrshire representative Campbell Peden, Ayr United Manager Brian Reid and pupils from Newton and St John's Primary Schools.