The O's host another educational event for local pupils
Show Racism the Red Card returned to the Matchroom Stadium for our second educational event with Leyton Orient FC of 2012. Young people from local schools had been invited to attend the two hour event which included a workshop examining stereotypes and where they come from, a definition of racism and in what forms it occurs, a screening of the new Show Racism the Red Card film and a question and answer session with a panel of special guests.
The audience of Year 5 students from Ilford Jewish Primary School were excited to be at the event and engaged well with the activities in the first hour, sharing their opinions and asking questions. The SRtRC film was also well received, which followed a short break.
The young people were able to watch the film in the company of two of the O’s first team players, Moses Odubajo and Ryan Allsop and former professional footballer and current Show Racism the Red Card football coach Clint Easton.
All three special guests were happy to take questions from the audience and Leyton Orient FC had provided some special prizes for the panel’s favourite questions of the day, including replica shorts and socks and three LOFC footballs. SRtRC were also able to provide some T-Shirts for the panel’s favourite questions. The lucky winners were:
“What’s the worst part of racism?” – Francesca
“How would racism affect my life, if I was growing up in a racist area?” – Lewis
“In the media there’s a lot about racism and footballers are role models, what message does this send out to young people?” - Hayden
In addition the club made sure that everyone who attended received a pair of tickets for a home game! The young people were also able to leave the event with a SRtRC goody bag including a signed Leyton Orient FC poster.
SRtRC would like to thank Leyton Orient FC for hosting the event, all of the young people and teachers for attending and in particular Howard Gould of Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme for all of his help in organising the event. We look forward to our next trip to the Matchroom Stadium!