The Ceremony, which saw supporters, patrons and sponsors inducted into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame, took place in the Speakers' Residence in Parliament.
“It was a pleasure to attend the event and I want to thank everyone, especially the volunteers and workers behind the scenes, for the hard work they put in to promote the good work the Show Racism the Red Card campaign. It was great to see how far Show Racism the Red Card has come and how much it has achieved.”
West Ham United Manager and SRtRC Hall of Fame inductee Sam Allardyce
To open the proceedings, The Speaker made an address to more than 100 attendees condemning prejudice and recognising the importance of the work carried out by the charity. Mr Bercow spoke glowingly about the use of role models from across the world of sport to empower young people to challenge racism within their communities.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was recognised along with West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, and former Scotland manager Alex McLeish.
Upon receiving his award, Allardyce said: “I’m delighted to collect this award. For more years than I care to remember we’ve used our community campaigns to support the Show Racism the Red Card."
He continued: “It was a pleasure to attend the event and I want to thank everyone, especially the volunteers and workers behind the scenes, for the hard work they put in to promote the good work the Show Racism the Red Card campaign. It was great to see how far Show Racism the Red Card has come and how much it has achieved.”
On a night dedicated to recognising the hard work and time that individuals and organisations have committed to working with Show Racism the Red Card, 16 awards were handed out in total under a number of different categories.
For their contribution to the charity, England's most capped player Rachel Yankey and Everton/England Ladies' goalkeeper Rachel Brown were honoured as well as Wigan's Emmerson Boyce and Crystal Palace's Danny Gabbidon.
Former Arsenal favourite Perry Groves was honoured as a role model and was inducted into the hall of fame alongside Premier League Referee Chris Foy and comedian Ava Vidal.
Manish Bhasin who hosts the Football League Show and presents the SRtRC educational film and ex-West Brom Defender Darren Moore were also inducted in this category.
Former Leicester City striker Trevor Benjamin and League Two's Dagenham and Redbridge were inducted for their commitment to education.
As were Redbridge Council's Diversity Programme Manager Mike O'Hanlon and the PFA's Director of Community John Hudson.
Campaign supporters Hilton in the Community Foundation, Nationwide Building Society and UNISON's Assistant General Secretary Liz Snape were also honoured at the ceremony for their invaluable contribution.
The inductees were presented awards for their services to the campaign by film director Ken Loach, Chief Executive of the PFA Gordon Taylor OBE and West Ham Legend Sir Trevor Brooking.
Of the event, Labour MP Ian Lavery took to Twitter and said: "Superb evening in the speakers residence tonight organised by Show Racism the Red Card a fantastic organisation that deserves our unswerving support."
Show Racism the Red Card would like to extend a big thank you to all of those who attended the event and helped to make it such a success.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said “We are hugely grateful for the support we have received from all of the new inductees into the Hall of Fame; their contribution in helping us to engage young people in open discussions about racism and the way in which they share their experiences of racism with those young people has a big impact.”
“Our Education and Campaign teams work incredibly hard to challenge stereotypes and misinformation and encourage critical thinking among the young people we work with, and the support of those we have honoured tonight helps us to reinforce these messages in a very powerful way.”
Show Racism the Red Card would also like to thank the Professional Footballers’ Association and Thompson’s Solicitors for their sponsorship of the event. Special thanks must also go to The Speaker for his generous hospitality
The charity looks forward to recognising the contribution of many more campaign supporters in the years ahead.
*image (left to right): Chief Executive of the PFA Gordon Taylor OBE, former Scotland manager and Hall of Fame inductee Alex McLeish, Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford, England & Arsenal winger and Hall of Fame inductee Rachel Yankey, The Speaker of the House Rt. Hon. John Bercow, Stephen Cavillier of Thompson's Solicitors and West ham United manager and Hall of Fame inductee Sam Allardyce.