Pupils from Dalmilling and Minishant Primary Schools attended Ayr United FC on Wednesday 30 January for a Show Racism the Red Card Event organised in partnership with South Ayrshire Council and Ayr United FC.
The event featured a carousel of educational workshops in the morning promoting anti-racism, anti-sectarianism and overall messages of equality and respect, and the pupils were also treated to a fun and fitness coaching session on the pitch.
During the afternoon session Show Racism the Red Card screened their brand new anti-racism educational film, which features some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba. The pupils then had the opportunity to act as media journalists as part of a role play activity and posed some tough questions to a guest panel. The panel included Ayr United FC Manager Mark Roberts and first team players Mark Shankland and Robbie Crawford, ex-professional footballer / Show Racism the Red Card coach Derek Ferguson, along with representatives from South Ayrshire Council and Unison.
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card, said:
“Our current partnership with South Ayrshire Council has seen us visit many schools across the region promoting equality and diversity. The dangers of racism and sectarianism are significant and education is vital in order that young people can recognise these and other forms of discrimination and be equipped to challenge them as they grow and develop.
"The continued invaluable support received from South Ayrshire Council and Ayr United FC demonstrates a clear commitment to stamping out racism and sectarianism in football and society. Schools in the area are very keen to engage with the campaign and the young people we have worked with are very positive about it.”
Pictured above Ayr United FC Manager Mark Roberts and first team players Mark Shankland and Robbie Crawford with pupils from Dalmilling and Minishant Primary Schools, along with Campbell Peden from South Ayrshire UNISON.