More than 100 children descended on Leicester’s King Power Stadium to meet their heroes and take part in an anti-racism educational workshop.
We are very grateful to Leicester City for thier continued support for the Show Racism the Red Card campaign. Manager Nigel Pearson is already a patron of the organisation and it was great to see players young and old give up thier time to show young people that racism is not acceptable.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, Show Racism the Red Card
Young people from Inglehurst Junior School, Overdale Junior School, Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School and Samworth Enterprise Academy were invited to take part in a workshop designed to challenge stereotypes and promote equality; encouraging them to think carefully about the information they receive and the generalisations they make.
The workshop was facilitated by Show Racism the Red Card campaign worker Gavin Sutherland and anti racism education worker and former Leicester city star Trevor Benjamin.
The interactive workshop was followed by a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign film, where professional footballers and young people discuss their experiences of racism and how to tackle the issue, both within the game and in society.
The film screening set the scene for a question and answers session with some very special guests, providing the children with an opportunity to ask questions to an esteemed panel of players, ex-players, club representatives and members of the media.
Trevor Benjamin was joined on the panel by highly regarded young striker Jeff Schlupp, as well as on-loan Manchester United defender Michael Keane and rising star Jamie Vardy.
Leicester City Club Ambassador Alana Birchenall (MBE) was able to draw on over 40 years experience within the game to share his experiences, and he was joined by another very familiar face; BBC sports journalist and presenter of ‘The Football League Show’ Manish Bhasin.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Leicester City Football Club for hosting a great event and providing a fantastic range of prizes and goody bags for the children who took part. A special thank you goes out to Manish Bhasin for his unwavering support of the campaign.