Rangers FC built on their excellent reputation for work in the community by hosting a fantastic Show Racism the Red Card anti-racism and anti-sectarianism educational event at Ibrox Stadium on Tuesday 19th March.
Rangers FC and Show Racism the Red Card joined forces with East Dunbartonshire Council and Strathclyde Police to deliver a day of enjoyable and interactive education.
As part of Show Racism the Red Card’s current partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council, primary seven pupils from Clober, Craighead and Baldernock Primary school and primary 6 pupils from Colquhoun Primary school attended the event and took part in a series of thought-provoking workshops before enjoying a screening of the new Show Racism the Red Card campaign DVD.
The young people were then given the opportunity to pose questions on racism and sectarianism to a panel of special guests including ex-professional footballers and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson and Jim Duffy, representatives from East Dunbartonshire Council and Police Constable Donald Cooper. The panel spoke about their own experiences of racism and sectarianism, empowering the young people to become active citizens safely challenging racism and sectarianism within their own communities and beyond.
The young people were also treated to a stadium tour lead by staff from Rangers FC.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to extend a huge thank you to Rangers FC for helping to organise and run such a fantastic event, and for giving generously of their time and resources.
We are also extremely grateful to East Dunbartonshire Council and Strathclyde Police for contributing to this event and helping to promote important messages of equality and respect.
Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “East Dunbartonshire schools have taken part in a number of Show Racism the Red Card events and the young people have always come away with a greater awareness of the dangers of racism and sectarianism.
“The children who attended this event at Ibrox were no exception and they thoroughly enjoyed the programme which was varied and thought provoking. The event has taught them some very important skills in how to tackle sectarianism and racism both on and off the pitch.”
Pictured above: Constable Donald Cooper, Linda McKenna from East Dunbartonshire Council, Jim Duffy and a primary 7 pupil from East Dunbartonshire.