Pupils from Markinch and Milton of Balgonie Primary Schools attended East Fife FC on Tuesday 25 September for a Show Racism the Red Card Event organised in partnership with East Fife FC.
The event featured three educational workshops in the morning promoting anti-racism, anti-sectarianism and overall messages of equality and respect.
During the afternoon session Show Racism the Red Card screened their brand new anti-racism educational film, which features some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba.
Guests on the day included East Fife FC players - James Martin, Robbie Hunter and Connor Shaw, ex-professional and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson, Gary MacKay, Michael Weir and Steven Bell, along with Fife Councils Education Officer, Ken Keighren. 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.
Ken Keighren, Fife Council, said:
"We are delighted that Fife Council Education and Learning Directorate is able to continue its participation with the campaign to raise awareness among young people of the need to challenge racism."
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
“East Fife FC is a great supporter of Show Racism the Red Card through their participation in our annual Fortnight of Action and poster campaign so it was a pleasure to host our first educational event with young people at the club. The event was a great success and we would like to thank all involved.
“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 continued invaluable support received from football clubs and current and former professional footballers and managers for these events is having a tremendously positive impact on the young people attending.”
Pictured above: Show Racism the Red Card coaches Michael Weir and Steven Bell, East Fife players James Martin, Robbie Hunter and Connor Shaw,Fife Education Officer Ken Keighren and Primary 7 pupil from Markinch Primary School.