Pupils from Thomas Walling take part in a SRtRC workshop
More than 90 young people from Thomas Walling Primary School in Newcastle attended an anti-racism, educational event at the Newcastle City Council’s Chamber, hosted by Show Racism the Red Card.
The event showcased the work that Show Racism the Red Card is delivering on a daily basis in schools all across the region, with the pupils of Thomas Walling Primary School participating in a discussion on what racism is and what terminology is racist and why, whilst also having the opportunity to put their questions to our panel of ex-professional footballers on the subject. There were prizes for the best questions, with the top prize of a SRtRC T-shirt, ball and wristband for the question “Can racism effect your job in the future?” Other questions included “Do you think racism is dealt with well?” and “what advice would you give to someone receiving racism?”
As well as the workshops there was a chance to have a bit of fun, with ex-professional football player Dean Gordon leading the pupils in a game of ‘do this/do that’ where listening and following instructions are the key to winning the game.
Councillors and pupils also had the opportunity to watch SRtRC’s brand new educational DVD, which features sporting and non-sporting role models such as Alan Pardew, Didier Drogba, Gabby Logan, Jason Roberts, Rachel Yankey and Les Ferdinand.
At the end of the event, all the pupils left with a poster of the Newcastle United team signed by the panel, along with a better understanding of the causes and consequences of racism. Show Racism the Red Card has delivered workshops to over 10,000 people in 2012.
See the coverage in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/communities/newcastle/2013/01/09/footballers-are-sharing-their-experiences-on-the-pitch-72703-32572784/