Launch of Milton Keynes SRtRC Competition
Show Racism the Red Card was pleased to be invited to launch the 2014 Milton Keynes SRtRC School Competition at Stadium:MK, thanks to Milton Keynes Dons Sports & Education Trust and Milton Keynes Dons FC.
Over 140 young people from Milton Keynes from local schools were able to come to the stadium to take part in an action packed afternoon. SRtRC Campaign Coordinator, Gavin Sutherland, talked briefly about the history of SRtRC and the national SRtRC School Competition.
The young people then shared their thoughts about what racism is, to come up with a clear definition and discussed the different ways that people could be racist to someone else.
Following this, the audience were able to see a screening of the SRtRC DVD and hear the experiences and advice of professional footballers and other role-models.
Dennis Woolford, Milton Keynes Dons SET, then talked about the Milton Keynes School Competition and the success many winners of this competition have had in the National SRtRC School Competition over the years.
Milton Keynes Dons FC provided some excellent prizes not only for the panel’s favourite questions, but for some great contributions from pupils about what they are going to do to stop racism. Prizes included sets of vouchers to see a MKD FC home game.
On the panel were Dennis, Natalie Church from MKD SET, Lisa Lovell from Milton Keynes Council and Steve Goodsell, Regional Manager SRtRC, Southern Region. The panel did brilliantly answering a range of questions from the young people which included questions about personal experiences, the history of the campaign and when racism began.
After the conclusion of the Q&A session we were joined by Milton Keynes Dons FC players David Martin, Dean Bowditch, Luke Chadwick, Daniel Powell and Charlie Burns and MKD FC goalkeeper coach Paul Heald who were all happy to sign posters for all the young people before they left and pose for photographs. Everyone who attended was also able to leave with a goody bag, which included SRtRC magazines.
Many thanks to all at MK SET and the football club for organising this event and the schools for attending. We will look forward to seeing all the entries from Milton Keynes schools in this year’s competition!