Palace players past and present turn out at Selhurst Park to help educate youngsters about the dangers of racism and stereotyping
Over 120 young people from South Croydon took part in a recent educational event with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), building on some of the excellent community work carried out by the club’s Study Centre and the hard work of teachers from local schools.
Pupils from Greenvale Primary, Broadmeade Primary, Cypress School, Elmswood Primary, Downsview Primary and Castle Hill School took part in a range of anti-racism workshops which included a stereotyping workshop with staff from SRtRC and a workshop on the history of racism delivered in partnership with the Study centre at Crystal Palace and The Arthur Wharton Foundation.
The year 5 and 6 pupils where challenged to avoid making assumptions about people based on their skin colour, religion, nationality or culture, and were encouraged to respect others and ask questions to challenge stereotypes and misinformation.
Following a ground tour, the young people watched the Show Racism the Red Card education film and prepared questions on racism in order to take part in a specially arranged ‘press conference’ which featured a panel of special guests.
Former Palace players Paul Mortimer, who now works as an education worker with SRtRC, and Steve Kabba were joined by Arsenal Ladies Rachel Yankey; the most capped England player of all time. The current Crystal Palace first team were represented by promising youngsters Alex Wynter (in his third appearance at a SRtRC event) and Welsh International Jonathan Williams. On loan striker Cameron Jerome completed the panel.
The young people posed some fantastic questions on racism including ‘How would you react if someone was racist to a member of your family?’ and ‘In professional women’s football, are players allowed to wear head scarves?’
Once the ‘press conference’ was over, the panel autographed copies of the Show Racism the Red Card magazine as a lasting reminder of the day for the youngsters who worked very hard throughout.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Crystal Palace for their continued support and would like to say a special thank you to the Study Centre at Crystal Palace and The Arthur Wharton Foundation for their workshop delivery.
A big thank you also goes out to Cameron Jerome, Jonathan Williams and Alex Wynter for attending, as well as Steve Kabba and Paul Mortimer, and finally Rachel Yankey who received the biggest cheer of the day from the young people who were themselves fantastic.