Show Racism the Red Card were proud to work with Ayr United FC to offer an educational event for pupils of St John’s Primary School on Wednesday 12th March.
Show Racism the Red Card were proud to work with Ayr United FC to offer an educational event for pupils of St John’s Primary School on Wednesday 12th March. The event, funded by Scottish Government’s Equality Unit saw the pupils come to Somerset Park for a day of workshops promoting messages of equality and respect and a chance to train on the pitch with members of the Football Academy coaching staff.
The event culminated with a ‘press conference’ where young people from both schools took on the role of journalist to ask a panel of invited guests and players from the club questions about what they had learned during the day.
Guests on the day included first team Ayr United players, Michael Moffat and Michael Donald, ex-professionals and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Michael Weir and Robbie Winters. The guests spoke about their experiences of racism and offered advice on how to deal with, and combat, racism whenever it occurs.
Vicki Burns, Show Racism the Red Card Campaign Manager said, “The continued support received from Ayr United FC demonstrates their clear commitment to stamping out racism and sectarianism in football and society. This kind of work equips young people to deal with racist and sectarian attitudes and behaviours. We have an educational partnership with South Ayrshire Council and we are always delighted that schools in the area are keen to engage with the campaign. The support of current and former professional footballers and managers for these events is having a tremendously positive impact on the young people attending.”