Show Racism the Red Card, Arsenal in the Community and ‘Arsenal for Everyone’ host day of anti-racism activities for young people from local schools
The Emirates Stadium was the venue for Show Racism the Red Card’s anti racism education event with Arsenal Football Club, where Gunners legends Perry Groves and Paul Davis were on hand to share their experiences.
Over 130 young people from St Marks CoE Primary School, Netley Primary School, De Beauvoir Primary School, Blessed Sacrament Primary School and Stroud Green Primary School visited the club’s Royal Oak suite to take part in a range of anti-racism activities designed to help them develop the skills needed to challenge racism within society.
The young people took part in a carousel of workshops, with former professional footballers Osei Sankofa and Steve Kabba leading a Show Racism the Red Card workshop aimed at exploring stereotypes and celebrating difference.
Arsenal in the Community delivered a workshop which concentrated on the different nationalities and heritages of the Arsenal squad, with young people encouraged to recognise and celebrate the benefits of people from different countries working together.
The team from Arsenal in the Community also lead a ground tour for the guests, with stops in the changing rooms, corporate suites, press conference area and pitch side.
Following a break for lunch, Show Racism the Red Card staff led a reflective session on the learning from the day before young people watched a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card education film which provides a history of racism and features footballers from across the world providing advice to young people about how to challenge the issue.
The young people where then asked to draw on everything they learned throughout the day to come up with questions about racism to a panel of guests in a special mock press conference.
Speaking about their experiences as part of the panel was former Watford and Sheffield United striker Steve Kabba and former Wimbledon FC midfielder Lionel Morgan, who now delivers anti knife and gun crime workshops to young people throughout North London schools.
Kabba and Morgan were joined by highly decorated former Arsenal stars Paul Davis and Perry Groves who won trophies for the club during the late eighties and early nineties at a time when racism was more prevalent within the game.
With the current Arsenal first team in the middle of a busy training and fixture schedule, midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta sent specially arranged video messages to the young people as part of the ‘Arsenal for Everyone’ scheme.
Watch Mikel Arteta tell young people about the value of working with people of different nationalities, religions and cultures here.
The young people came up with a series of fantastic questions, and prizes, including a pair of tickets to an Arsenal home game were awarded for the best questions of the day. The winning question came from Emily from St Marks CoE Primary School who asked the panel ‘Do you think racism will be eradicated in my life time?’ The panel reiterated to the audience how far we have come in the battle with racism and told the young people about the role they had to play in wiping it out for good.
A gallery of images from throughout the anti racism education event with Arsenal FC can be viewed here.
All of the young people left the event with a Show Racism the Red Card goody bag featuring a copy of the organisations educational magazine thanks to generous sponsorship from Islington Council.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Arsenal for their hospitality and Samir Singh and the team from Arsenal in the Community for delivering a great workshop and ground tour and for organising the prize winning tickets.
Thanks also goes to ‘Arsenal for Everyone’ for arranging the special video messages from Ramsey and Arteta.
We would also like to thank former players Steve Kabba, Lionel Morgan, Perry Groves and Paul Davis for giving up their time to speak to the young people in attendance and to Islington Council for sponsoring the event.