Young People in Watford Show Racism the Red Card!
Discrimination of any kind is wrong. As Watford players we know that and we’re happy to stand for the values of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign
Young people from Flamstead End, Micklem and Warren Dell Primary Schools were invited to the Stadium on Friday for a Show Racism the Red Card Event where they took part in an afternoon of enjoyable and educational activities; including watching Show Racism the Red Card’s latest DVD featuring top footballers and posing questions on racism to their footballing heroes. The event was also attended by Richard Howitt, MEP for Eastern England, Noah Kaindama of Herts Learning and Rob Smith of Watford in the Community.
“Racism has no part in society at all – and at Watford this means a lot more, because everyone at the club feels that we’re very much part of our local community,” said Nyron Nosworthy, First Team player of Watford FC.
“Discrimination of any kind is wrong. As Watford players we know that and we’re happy to stand for the values of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign’’, added team mate Bernard Mensah.
Steve Goodsell, manager at Show Racism the Red Card said “Watford FC have been very supportive of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign in recent years and we are really pleased to be holding this event to educate young people and help them to understand that there is no place for racism in today’s society.”
“Following our partnership with the BME Achievement team at Hertfordshire County Council We have visited dozens of schools and worked with over 4000 young people in Hertfordshire over the last 2 years. The workshops have been hugely popular and Friday’s event was a celebration of the good work which has been undertaken over this period. “
All of the young people left with a goody bag of Show Racism the Red Card’s resources including this season’s Watford FC poster, autographed by their Watford heroes.
Elliot Joseph, Show Racism the Red Card's 'poet in residence' attended the Watford event and this is the poem he shared:
Ignore it you say? That is fine
Or just walk off and smile
But technically speaking this is really not fine
Because technically it is truly a crime
We are all human and that is a fact
Just because some of us are Mixed Asian White or Black
They could be from Africa or a refugee
But they could be just as smart as you or me
People live life every day
And some people do it in a different way
It’s their lifestyle there tradition their religion their culture
As I love my faith my origin and my skin colour
So we are at Watford FC and the weather is overcast
So do yourself a favour and leave racism in the past