Around 80 primary 7 pupils from Mount Florida Primary and Kings Park Primary gathered at Hampden Park on Tuesday 24th September 2013 to attend the second Show Racism and Bigotry the Red Card club event of the season.
The pupils spent the first part of the day partaking in fun and interactive educational workshops exploring the topics of Racism, Sectarianism and Diversity. They were able to offer their views on the subjects, learn about the dangers involved, whilst looking at their own responsibility in tackling such issues.
The second part of the day involved a screening of the latest Show Racism the Red Card anti-racism educational film, which features some of football’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba. The pupils then had the chance to pose as media journalists where they put their own questions about Racism and Sectarianism to a guest panel made up of Red Card representatives; Show Racism the Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson and Steven Bell, and former Dundee Untied and Aberdeen player Robbie Winters.
Gillian Eunson, Education Worker for Show Racism the Red Card said:
“The day was a great success and the enthusiasm of the pupils was inspiring. They were really interested in learning about the role they could play in tackling both racism and sectarianism, and were keen to share their own experiences within the workshops.
The event is a fantastic way of empowering the pupils to take these messages further - beyond the classroom and into their own communities. The participation of our ex-professional footballers at the event really helps the young people connect with the important messages being promoted.
It was a great day out at Scotland’s National Stadium, and Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all involved, especially the pupils from Mount Florida and Kings Park Primary, who are a credit to their schools”.