Full-day event features special panel answering questions about racism
“I think it’s important because it gets the message across straight away from a very young age, so the young people grow up with a perception that racism isn’t acceptable."
Rory Loy, Carlisle United FC player
A full-day event with Carlisle United FC is always one that Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) look forward to and this season’s event did not disappoint.
Young people from three local Primary Schools, St Bede’s, Long Town and Brook Street, were able to come to the club for a carousel of workshops, film screening and Q&A session with a panel of very special guests, including Carlisle United players Lee Miller and Rory Loy.
The event was organised in conjunction with Carlisle United FC Community Trust and CUFC Community staff were able to provide a fun football session for young people on their indoor pitch as their workshop, Cumbria Police led a workshop examining Hate Crime which included a film presentation and SRtRC focussed on stereotypes, a definition of racism and appropriate terminology during the morning sessions.
Each school group was able to take part in each workshop before a break for lunch to recharge for the afternoon session.
This hour-long main event included a film screening of the new SRtRC DVD and a Q&A session with a panel of very special guests. However, SRtRC got this part of the agenda underway by inducting long time supporter and pioneering black British footballer, Peter Foley in to our Hall of Fame. Peter was presented with his award by Regional GMB Secretary Tom Brennan, (you can read the full story here). Peter told us that he was “over the moon” to receive the award, and put it on a par with being awarded his MBE.
“I’ve been involved with this kind of work for a number of years now,” Peter said. “And to get the recognition from an organisation like Show Racism the Red Card was absolutely fantastic.
The film screening was very well received and provided some good inspiration for the Q&A session that followed. SRtRC were able to provide some t-shirts and mini footballs for the panel’s favourite questions of the afternoon.
Joining Rory Loy and Lee Miller on the panel were SRtRC football coach and Honorary Patron, John Anderson, Peter Foley, Tom Brennan and Christine Weir from the GMB and PC Mike Brown of Cumbria Police.
The panel responded well to all the questions asked, including specific questions to the players about their experiences and advice and even “When did racism start?”
Following the event Rory Loy said “I think it’s important because it gets the message across straight away from a very young age, so the young people grow up with a perception that racism isn’t acceptable, you know and carry that through their lives and (pass it on) to their children, then their children and eventually it’ll just eradicate it if the message keeps getting put across this strongly then in 10, 15, 20 years time the problem will eventually just fade, it won’t exits any more.”
SRtRC would like to thank Carlisle United FC and Carlisle United FC Community Trust for hosting the event, in particular John Halpin and James Tose for all of their help in arranging and running the day.