A record number of primary school children in Perth and Kinross have taken part in Show Racism the Red Card events this year.
With funding from the Community Safety Partnership, the combined efforts of the St. Johnstone FC Community Coaching team and the Show Racism the Red Card education team reached in excess of 1,000 local primary school pupils during 2011/12.
In total, 1101 pupils from 36 primary schools attended an event: 698 attended anti-racism workshops; 145 attended stadium events hosted by St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park; 258 attended additional workshops which focussed specifically on anti-racism towards Gypsy/Traveller/Roma communities.
The success of the project over the last 12 months was marked by St Johnstone Chairman Steve Brown, who welcomed all the partners involved to McDiarmid Park on Friday 1 June to pay tribute to their work.
Mr Brown said: “This underlines the benefits of the local football club working closely in partnership with the local Council and Show Racism the Red Card to reach as many local schoolchildren as possible. Not only do these children receive a very important message - that any form of racism cannot be tolerated - they also see that we value our role as a club which reaches out positively to our local community. I hope as many of the children as possible who took part will come along and support St Johnstone next season and in years to come.”
Dee Kinning, education coordinator for Show Racism the Red Card, added: “We are delighted with the results of our continuing partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, St. Johnstone FC and their community Coaching team, as well as countless other stakeholders who continue to support this important project. Our hope is that this special relationship continues to flourish.”
Community Safety Partnership Convenor, Councillor Douglas Pover, said: “I was extremely pleased to hear about this positive piece of partnership work. It is important to educate as many children as possible about the evils of racism. Our work over the years with Show Racism the Red Card and St Johnstone is widely recognised as being a hugely positive way of promoting this message. I hope that our young people will take the messages they have learned from this campaign with them into the future.”
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