Saints Foundation & Southampton City Council team up to educate about racism
Show Racism the Red Card teamed up with Southampton City Council and Saints Foundation to hold an educational event with Southampton FC on Thursday 28th March.
The Premier League club has hosted several SRtRC events over the years and this was one of the best yet.
Saints defender Jos Hooiveld was able to join a panel to take young people’s questions on racism that also included former England international, SRtRC Honorary Patron and football coach, Luther Blissett and Executive Director of Children’s Services and Learning at Southampton City Council, Clive Webster.
On arrival the 100+ Year 5&6 pupils from three Southampton primary schools were able to take part in educational activities delivered by the SRtRC campaign team. The activities promoted some excellent discussion and got the young people thinking critically about racism.
This was followed by a screening of the latest SRtRC DVD, featuring interviews with top footballers and managers about their experiences of racism in football and society and offering advice to young people on how to deal with racism.
The panel Q&A with Jos, Luther and Clive expanded on this advice and offered personal insights from the trio. There was a great range of questions and the panel’s favourite three questions were awarded a SRtRC t-shirt, mini football and wrist band which Jos was happy to sign for the young people. In fact at the end of the event Jos signed autographs and posed for photos with all of the young people, as did Luther.
The event received some excellent press coverage through Shoot magazine who interviewed Jos and Luther about the session. Southampton FC also took photographs for a story on the club’s official website.
SRtRC would like to thank Southampton City Council, the Saints Foundation and Southampton FC for their support of the event and all of the young people and teachers for attending. We will look forward to continuing our great partnership with the club in the future.