Primary seven pupils from Auchinleck, Hurlford and Kirkstyle Primary Schools attended Rugby Park on Tuesday 27 March 2012 for a Show Racism the Red Card Event organized in partnership with East Ayrshire Council and Kilmarnock FC.
The event featured three educational workshops in the morning promoting messages of equality and respect, and the pupils also received a stadium tour. 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 former Kilmarncok player Alan Mahood, ex- professionals and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson, Gary MacKay and Michael Weir, along with MSP Willie Coffey and representatives from East Ayrshire Council and Strathclyde Police. 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:
"The partnership working that East Ayrshire Council is undertaking with Kilmarnock FC and ourselves demonstrates a clear commitment to stamping out racism and sectarianism in the region. This kind of work equips young people to deal with racist and sectarian attitudes and behaviours. 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."
“The support of current and former professional footballers and managers for these events is having a tremendously positive impact on the young people attending.”
Pictured above: MSP Willie Coffey, representatives from Strathclyde Police, former Kilmarncok player Alan Mahood and pupils from Hurlford and Kirkstyle Primary Schools.