The Toffees work in partnership with SRtRC
Show Racism the Red Card returned to Goodison Park for an annual educational event organised in conjunction with Everton in the Community and supported by Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council and UNISON.
Young people from primary schools in the Liverpool City Council and Sefton Council areas were able to come to the stadium and take-part in an educational workshop, see a screening of the SRtRC film and put their questions about racism to a panel of special guests.
The event was opened with some kind words of welcome and support from Liverpool City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden.
Cllr Gladden was able to stay and hear young people’s opinions and ideas as they took part in activities that examined stereotypes and where they come from, the dangers of judging people and a definition of racism.
Following the educational activities in the first hour and a short break, the SRtRC film was introduced and screened. The young people paid close attention to the advice and experiences of professional footballers and young people featured in the film and it provided some good inspiration for the Q&A session which followed.
The campaign was fortunate to be joined by a fantastic panel to answer the questions, we were joined by:
Seamus Coleman – Everton FC and Republic of Ireland right-back attending his fourth SRtRC event.
Rachel Brown-Finnis – Everton FC and England Women’s goalkeeper, 82 caps for England and represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics. Rachel’s fifth SRtRC event.
Howard Gayle – SRtRC Patron and Hall of Fame member, Liverpool FC’s first black player, also played for Blackburn, Newcastle and Sunderland.
Chris Foy – Premier League referee and SRtRC Hall of Fame member for his support of the campaign’s educational events.
Mervyn Lynch - Vice-chair Liverpool Homeless FC and member of UNISON’s North-West black members group.
John Au – representing the Anthony Walker Foundation.
The panel dealt with the questions from the audience brilliantly, offering insightful and pertinent answers to well thought out questions. The young people were especially keen to hear about the personal experiences of panellists and their thoughts about the issue.
There was a great prize for the panel’s favourite question of an Everton FC shirt signed by the whole squad. SRtRC provided T-Shirts and mini footballs as other prizes for the session and all of the young people were able to leave with goody bags containing SRtRC resources including magazines, wristbands and Everton FC / SRtRC posters.
SRtRC would like to thank Everton in the Community and Everton FC for their help in organising the event, the panellists, young people and teachers for attending. And big thanks to Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council and UNISON for their support of the event. SRtRC look forward to continuing to work in partnership in the area.