Four SUFC players attend event educating local primary school pupils
“It (racism) has to be explored, it has to be talked about if we want to conquer it. Events like these are really important for the future of the game.”
Christian Ribeiro, Scunthorpe United player
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) made a return to Glanford Park for our third educational event of the 2012/13 season and our third event with the club. This event was organised in conjunction with Scunthorpe United Community Sports Trust and involved young people from four local Primary Schools.
An audience of 90 Year 5&6 pupils assembled at the Stadium to take part in an afternoon of anti-racism themed activities from SRtRC, see a screening of the campaign’s brand new film and ask questions of a panel of very special guests.
Joining SRtRC to help share a positive anti-racism message were Scunthorpe United players Christian Ribeiro, Matt Godden, Callum Howe and Robbie Gibbons. The players were not alone on the panel however as they were also joined by Leanne Woodhead from Lincolnshire FA and Abid Khan representing the board of the Scunthorpe United Community Trust.
To start the event the young people from Scunthorpe CE, Alkborough, Winterton and Eastoft Primary Schools took part in a workshop delivered by the SRtRC Campaign team that examined stereotypes and how they arise, a definition of racism and the ways in which racism can manifest and spread. The young people were engaged by the activities and made some great contributions.
Following the hour-long workshop the campaign screened the brand new SRtRC film, which was well received and provided some inspiration for good questions in the Q&A session that followed.
The players definitely enjoyed the experience, Christian Ribeiro reflecting on the event said “It was really good, I think all the kids enjoyed it as well. I think they were all very receptive and you could see how many of them were here. All the questions they asked, they were really inquisitive about everything and hopefully they’ll have gone away learning a lot today”.
Christian added “It (racism) has to be explored, it has to be talked about if we want to conquer it. Events like these are really important for the future of the game.”
Scunthorpe United FC were able to provide some great prizes for the panel’s favourite questions of the day, including football equipment and some match tickets for a home game at Glanford Park. SRtRC were able to provide some prizes of T-Shirts and mini footballs. All of the young people who attended were able to take-away a goody bag of SRtRC resources.
SRtRC would like to thank Scunthorpe United Community Sports & Education Trust for working with the campaign on this event again, particularly Sarah Teal for all of her assistance in organising the day. We will look forward to returning to Glanford Park soon!