SRtRC returned to the Riverside Stadium for another education event for young people from a local primary school
"My favourite of Mr Mandela's ideas was the one which states that no one is born a racist. Events like this one help to highlight that and prove that education is the key."
Kei Kamara, Sierra Leone & Middlesbrough FC
Over 40 pupils from Lingfield Primary School took part in an anti-racism workshop lead by Red Card staff at the Riverside, which focused on the dangers of judging others and aimed to provide a definition of racism which young people could use help them identify it.
Cleveland's Police Crime Comissioner Barry Coppinger opened the event and gave an address to the young people on discrimination.
Following a screening of the SRtRC film, the young people were given the chance to pose questions to a panel of guests which featured the two members of Karanka's side. Goalkeeper Jason Steele and striker Kei Kamara, spoke to pupils about their experiences and advised them to report racism to an adult whenever they encounter it.
Both spoke warmly about the work of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign, with Sierra Leone international Kei agreeing to become an ambassador for the organisation, joining the likes of Jozy Altidore and Sammy Ameobi who have both committed to delivering a strong anti-racism message in conjunction with SRtRC this season.
Kei joined the other panelists in speaking of thier admiration for Nelson Mandela saying "My favourite of Mr Mandela's ideas was the one which states that no one is born a racist. Events like this one help to highlight that and prove that education is the key."
Other guest speakers who came to share their experiences and advice were Boro Ladies player/manager Sammie Leigh, Middlesbrough college player Anna Birtwhistle and Darlington Borough Councillor Linda Hughes.
Former Middlesbrough midfielder Neil Maddison and ex Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard completed the panel.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank the young people from Lingfield Primary School for taking part in the activities so passionately and intelligently. A big thank you also goes Middlesbrough Football Club for their continuing support and to all of the players who gave up their time to talk to the young people about racism.