Pupils from Monifieth High School and Blairgowrie attended Dundee United FC on Wednesday 22nd October for a day of Show Racism the Red Card activities.
The day with Dundee United FC was designed to promote messages of equality and respect, allowing the young people to explore their views and knowledge about racism in a safe environment.
The young people took part in a workshop in the morning exploring the meaning of racism and the consequences of stereotyping. This was followed by a stadium tour with some experts from Dundee United.
In the afternoon the young people were joined by first team players Mario Bilate, Nadir Ciftci, Jarek Fojut and club captain Sean Dillon who joined in with the young people for the workshop.
The afternoon workshop looked at immigration and helped the young people to better understand the reasons why people move from one country to another, build empathy with those who are forced to leave their country and help the young people to understand the mechanisms that are in place to restrict immigration into the UK. The footballers who had all emigrated from other countries to Scotland, enjoyed the time to participate in the workshop activities and to be able to speak to the young people about their experience of moving from one place to another.
Sean Dillon, Dundee United Club Captain said: “I am delighted to be invited to take part in this event, it is a great opportunity for me and my team mates to engage with young people and tell them our personal stories. Football can, and should be, a blueprint for a better society in that it brings people of different cultures, colours, and beliefs together on the field of play as equals. On behalf of my team mates and the Club, I appeal to you to embrace this idea and show racism the red card.”
Dee Matthew, Education Co-ordinator at Show Racism the Red Card said: “The continued support from Dundee United FC demonstrates their clear commitment to stamping our racism in football and our society. This kind of work equips young people to deal with racist attitudes and behaviours.”
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