Manchester United FC hosts Awards Ceremony for winners of 2012 SRtRC competition
Pictured: The talented prize-winners with guest presenters [See more photos]
Manchester United FC hosted the Awards Ceremony for this year’s winners of the Show Racism the Red Card School Competition in England. Young people and their families, from schools throughout England were welcomed to the magnificent Trafford Suite for a memorable afternoon.
106 young people of a wide range of ages and abilities produced 24 winning pieces in 8 different categories. Entries in the SRtRC School Competition include pieces of artwork, creative writing, films and music and winning entries are selected by an independent panel of judges. Around 600 schools took part in the 2012 competition in England.
On arrival at Old Trafford all of the winners enjoyed a tour of the Stadium, including the dug-outs and pitch-side area. The guests were also able to see the exhibition of entries, pick up some goodies from stalls from SRtRC, Thompsons Solicitors, Nationwide and the National Union of Teachers and meet textile artist Lynn Setterington who had brought along some examples of her fantastic work.
The Awards Ceremony began at 2pm with a Welcome and Introduction from Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers. The NUT is one of the Competition’s big supporters, without their support and the support of the other 2012 sponsors - The PFA, The FA, UNISON, The GMB, Nationwide, Potts Print UK and Durham County Council; we would not be able to run a competition each year.
Following Christine’s kind opening words, the hosts of the ceremony - former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Murray, and SRtRC Campaign Worker Jo Wallis introduced the guests of honour who would be involved in handing out all of the prizes; Manchester United FC goalkeepers Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos.
All of the young people were awarded certificates; A2 replica boards of their original entries; an England shirt; a football, and donated items from organisations such as Panini. Football clubs & other sports clubs kindly donated signed shirts, balls, match tickets and VIP tours. A full list of those clubs and organisations who donated prizes is at the bottom of this report.
Ben and Anders were not alone in presenting the prizes to the winners, the players were joined by a plethora of special guests who were introduced to present prizes in various categories, including former players, managers, comedians and musicians. The presenters included; Gordon Taylor, Martin Buchan, Manish Bhasin, Steve Kean, Lord Henley, Justin Moorhouse, Barney & Laila from Sonic Boom Six, Frank Sinclair, Howard Gayle, Earl Barrett, Efe Sodje, Dave Bennett and Gary Bennett.
When announced each of the winners was presented with their prizes onstage and had their photograph taken with the presenters of that category. You can see a selection of photographs from the event here. The audience viewed each of the entries via a big screen onstage and smaller screens around the room. Where the winning entries were pieces of creative writing and poetry the winners were invited to read out their entries, which was a highlight for many of the people in attendance. In the All Ages & Abilities Multi-Media Category the winning film entries were screened and SRtRC have now added these to our You Tube Channel.
There were two surprises on the day: The announcement of the Potts Print (UK) category winner and of course; the announcement of the 2012 Overall Winning entry.
The Potts Print (UK) category is for Potts Print’s favourite entry that year from a North East based school. Both Potts Print and SRtRC have their main headquarters in the North East and Potts Print’s sponsorship of this category allows a winning entry to receive a very special prize. This year the winner of the Potts Print (UK) Category was an entry from Thornhill School, Sunderland. The eight young people involved in creating this work, which was a Show Racism the Red Card themed board game will be going on a special visit to the training ground of Sunderland AFC in the new season.
At the very end of the event Christine Blower was invited back to the stage to reveal the 2012 Overall Winning Entry. The panel of judges had an extremely difficult task in selecting one winner from so many great entries, but decided that the film by Cartoon Club of Hexthorpe Primary School, Doncaster which won the All Ages & Abilities Multi-Media Category should be this year’s overall winner. The school receives a laptop courtesy of the NUT and a Kindle thanks to Thompsons Solicitors.
The event was concluded with some thanks from SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby. Show Racism the Red Card would like to congratulate all of the winners again and reiterate our thanks to all of the schools who registered to take part in this year’s competition.
Massive thanks to the teachers who ran the competition in their schools, all of our special guest presenters; the competition sponsors; Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos of Manchester United; Manchester United and Manchester United Foundation staff, particularly Karen Shotbolt, Gillian Mitchell, Lorna Pitman and Matt, and all of the volunteers from the UCU and Thompsons who helped out massively on the day.
Prizes generously donated by:
Birmingham City FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, AFC Bournemouth, Burnley FC, Burton Albion FC, Chelsea FC, Chesterfield FC, Dagenham & Redbridge FC, Derby County FC, Doncaster Rovers FC, Huddersfield Town FC, Ice Sheffield, Leeds Rugby, Leyton Orient FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester United FC, Middlesbrough FC, MK Lions, Newcastle United FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Oxford United FC, Preston North End FC, Sheffield United FC, Southend United FC, Sunderland AFC, Surrey County Cricket Club, Thompsons Solicitors, Tranmere Rovers FC, Watford FC, West Bromwich Albion FC, AFC Wimbledon, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC.