Sky Blues host SRtRC educational event
“It’s a very informative event, obviously some of these young people won’t have experienced racism in any form yet, we hope. Just to open their eyes and people they see as role-models giving them the right information and hopefully they can take it on to their school life and their adolescent life.”
Jordan Clarke, Coventry City FC player and SRtRC patron
(photo from Coventry Telegraph)
Show Racism the Red Card was welcomed back to the Ricoh Arena by Coventry City FC for an afternoon of anti-racism education involving over 80 young people from local schools.
A fantastic panel were able to join the campaign in the media suite at the stadium to answer young people’s questions on racism, two of Coventry City’s players Jordan Clarke & Cody McDonald attended their third and second SRtRC event respectively; Natasha Lynch and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk from Coventry City Ladies FC; and SRtRC Honorary Patrons, Dave Bennett & Matt Murray completing the line-up.
When asked about the event Jordan said “It’s a very informative event, obviously some of these young people won’t have experienced racism in any form yet, we hope. Just to open their eyes and people they see as role-models giving them the right information and hopefully they can take it on to their school life and their adolescent life.”
Before the Q&A session and screening of the new SRtRC film however, the young people from Little Heath School, Leigh Primary, The Westwood Academy, Stone Park High and Stanton Bridge Primary were able to take part in some educational activities.
The campaign focussed on activities that examined stereotypes and how they are formed and then encouraged young people to explore a definition of racism. All of the pupils were willing to participate and this session in conjunction with the SRtRC DVD provided some good inspiration for questions to the panel.
Coventry City FC was able to provide a special prize for the panel’s favourite question of the afternoon, 4 tickets to an upcoming home game at the Ricoh! SRtRC was also able to supply some T-Shirts and mini-footballs for the panels other favourite questions.
All of the young people who attended were given a SRtRC goody bag to take home, including a Red Card magazine and the new Coventry City FC / SRtRC poster.
SRtRC would like to thank Coventry City FC for hosting the event again, all of the panellists and schools for attending and in particular Stacie McDermott for all of her help in organising the day.
You can read about the event on the club's website here (and view a great video about the event from the Sky Blues Player) and here and you can also see how the Coventry Telegraph reported on the afternoon here