Jamaal Lascelles on a special panel answering young people's questions about racism
“Yes I would because it’s not a very nice thing to do to someone and it is not very clever to make people feel small.”
Young person talking about the importance of reporting racism, following Nottingham Forest event
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) returned to the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest FC for an afternoon of educational activities, an advance screening of the new SRtRC DVD and a Q&A session with a panel of very special guests.
Joining a group of 125 Year 5&6 pupils at the event from Mapplewells Primary, Carlton Central Junior, Sherwood Junior and Edwalton Primary Schools were current Nottingham Forest player Jamaal Lascelles; former Nottingham Forest Chairman and SRtRC patron, Frank Clark; Nottingham Forest Ladies players, Aileen Whelan and Charlie Griffin and SRtRC Football coaches & education workers, including former professionals Olivier Bernard & Matt Murray.
The event began with a workshop that included activities that encouraged critical thinking in examining stereotypes and how they formed, a definition of racism and the ways that people can be racist. The young people were happy to participate and made some fantastic contributions to the session.
When asked following the event if they saw, heard or felt racism if they would tell someone, one young person said “Yes I would because it’s not a very nice thing to do to someone and it is not very clever to make people feel small.”
Following the activities, SRtRC were able to screen the new film from the campaign, which will be released this autumn. The film was well received and provided some inspiration for some excellent questions during the Q&A session which followed.
Nottingham Forest FC were able to provide a special prize of a signed football, scarf and goody bag for the panel’s favourite question of the afternoon and SRtRC were also able to provide T-Shirts and mini-footballs for the top three favourite questions. Matt Murray and Aileen Whelan had the difficult task of selecting the winners.
SRtRC would like to thank the panellists, Nottinghamshire County Council Schools and Nottingham Forest FC for making the event such a success. The campaign looks forward to more work with Nottingham Forest in the future.