Falkirk FC - Tuesday 18 September 2012
Pupils from Dunipace and Easter Carmuirs Primary Schools attended an anti-racism / anti-sectarianism educational event at Falkirk FC on Tuesday 18 September to launch the annual Show Racism the Red Card Anti-Racism / Anti-Sectarianism Creative Competition 2012 / 2013.
The pupils and Show Racism the Red Card were joined by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Chairman Graham Houston, ex-professional and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Gary MacKay and Michael Weir, along with Falkirk FC players Craig Comrie, Kris Faulds and Graham Bowman to highlight the launch of the 2012 / 2013 competition.
Young people from schools and colleges across Scotland are being invited to enter the latest competition in an effort to combat racism and sectarianism.
The competition, now in its 10thyear, encourages young people to develop expressive and creative ways of communicating anti-racism and anti-sectarianism messages throughout society.
In partnership with the SQA and the Scottish FA, Show Racism the Red Card is marking a decade of working with schools and colleges to promote anti-discriminatory behavior, equality and respect with young people.
The competition sends a clear message that young people want Scotland to be a welcoming and multi-cultural society. The prize giving which is held at Hampden Park in March each year is the highlight of the Scottish calendar in challenging racism and sectarianism.
Football clubs across Scotland continue to support Show Racism the Red Card by donating a variety of prizes for the winners and players from a selection of football clubs attend the prize giving at Hampden to present prizes and meet the young people.
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card Campaign Worker, said: “Having the support of professional football clubs and their players has a tremendously positive impact on young people participating in the Show Racism the Red Card campaign. Falkirk FC is a huge supporter of the campaign and we are delighted that we launched the competition here.
“We hope the young people who attended the launch event are encouraged to enter the competition and to share their experiences with their school, inspiring other classes to enter the competition too.
“The competition would not be the success it is today without the support of the following organisations: Education Scotland, Educational Institute of Scotland, GMB, PFA Scotland, Scottish Football Association (SFA), Scottish Football League (SFL), Scottish Premier League (SPL), Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), The Scottish Government, Unison, Unite the Union, Sky Sports and Barr Printers. The campaign is extremely grateful for the continued invaluable support received from all of the above.”
SQA Chairman, Graham Houston, said: "We are committed to promoting a fair and inclusive Scotland. The Show Racism the Red Card creative competition has been a great success and showcases the talent and imagination of young people in Scotland's schools and colleges and I'm sure this year's competition entries will continue this tradition.
“The Show Racism the Red Card creative competition illustrates young peoples’ belief that there is no place for racism and sectarianism in Scotland. We are delighted to support Show Racism the Red Card and the creative competition and thank all the young people, teachers and lecturers who have backed this important initiative over the past decade."
Find out more about this year’s competition here.