Students and pupils from schools and colleges across Scotland came together with representatives from the world of Scottish football at Hampden Park on Thursday 21 March to stand united against racism and sectarianism.
As part of our annual Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition in partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Scottish Football Association, young people were asked to come up with a creative way of getting anti-racism and anti-sectarianism messages across.
Thousands of young people across Scotland took part and the event at Hampden recognised the creative efforts of all participants.
The competition sends a clear message that young people want Scotland to be a welcoming and multi-cultural society. The prize giving is the highlight of the Scottish calendar in challenging racism and sectarianism.
Football clubs across Scotland continue to support Show Racism the Red Card by donating a variety of prizes for the winners and players from a selection of football clubs were present on the day to present prizes and meet the young people.
Having the support of professional football clubs has a tremendously positive impact on young people participating in the Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: "We are committed to promoting a fair and inclusive Scotland. The Show Racism the Red Card creative competition has been a great success and showcases the talent and imagination of young people in Scotland's schools and colleges and I'm delighted to see this year's competition entries have continued this tradition.
“The Show Racism the Red Card creative competition illustrates young peoples’ belief that there is no place for racism and sectarianism in Scotland. We are proud to continue to support this initiative and the creative competition and thank all the young people, teachers and lecturers who have backed this important programme over the past decade."
Vicki Burns, Show Racism the Red Card said, “The competition is now in its tenth year and continues to be a highly successful and integral part of our Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
“I am amazed at how creative our young people can be in finding ways to get the anti-racism and anti-sectarianism messages across. Everyone participating in the competition should be congratulated for their inspirational work. Challenging racism and sectarianism goes beyond entering the competition and everyone has an important role to play. Our young people of today will influence the society of tomorrow, and I hope that one day we live in a Scotland that is free from racism and sectarianism.”
Pictured above: Dundee United players Mark Millar and Barry Douglas, Celtic player Jackson Irvine, Kilmarnock players Rory McKeown and Jude Winchester and St Johnstone coach Alec Cleland with competition finalists.