Full-day anti-racism event with The Shrimpers
“For me personally this is the first one I’ve been involved in, I think it’s been very good. I think all the kids have been excellent, they’ve asked some very good questions and I think they’ve learned a lot from today.”
Ryan Leonard, Southend United FC player
Show Racism the Red Card returned to the Roots Hall Stadium to spend a full day working with the Southend United Community & Educational Trust and Year 6 pupils from Milton Hall Primary School.
Three classes of young people were able to spend a full day with us, participating in a carousel of workshops from SRtRC, examining stereotypes and racism; SUC&ET, finding out more about the Respect campaign and it’s key themes and having the opportunity to look round the stadium, as part of a ground tour.
The workshops in the morning were fantastic, the young people were enthusiastic about taking part in each of them, and of course the ground tour was definitely a highlight of the day.
In the afternoon all of the groups were able to come back together to see a screening of the new SRtRC film and take part in a Q&A session with a panel of very special guests. SRtRC patron and football coach Clint Easton was on the panel and had also been involved in delivering all of SRtRC’s morning workshops; Clint was joined by four of Southend United’s players, Elliott Benyon, Ryan Leonard, Daniel Bentley and Alex Woodyard.
We asked Ryan Leonard if he’d been involved in a day like this before and he told us “For me personally this is the first one I’ve been involved in, I think it’s been very good. I think all the kids have been excellent, they’ve asked some very good questions and I think they’ve learned a lot from today.”
The panel handled the questions brilliantly and there was no shortage of young people who were hoping to ask the players questions about their experiences of racism and if they had any advice on how to deal with it.
All of the young people left with a SRtRC goody bag and a copy of the new Southend United FC / SRtRC poster signed by the players. The panel’s favourite questions of the day were awarded a SRtRC T-Shirt and mini-football and for the top question SUC&ET provided a special medal!
SRtRC would like to thank Southend United FC and the Community & Education Trust for hosting the event and in particular big thanks to Joe Skeels for all of his help in organising the day.
You can read a report of the event from Southend United FC here