SRtRC will deliver a hatrick of anti-racism education events with three of the North East's top clubs and the region gets behind the 'Show Racism the Red Card' campaign.
“It is absolutely fantastic that three of the biggest clubs in the North East are showing their solidarity with the efforts of Show Racism the Red Card and in the same week.Through determined anti-racism education work we know that attitudes change, we have seen it."
Laura Pidcock, North East Education Team Manager, Show Racism the Red Card
League Cup quarter finalists Newcastle United, Premier League outfit Sunderland AFC and Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough FC will each host a Show Racism the Red Card educational event in early November.
First team players from the three sides will be joining the Red Card campaign team and local authority figures to teach young people about the dangers of racism.
Kicking off the North East Tour is the event at Sunderland's Stadium of Light on Tuesday 4th November.
Jozy Altidore and Billy Jones will join pupils from local schools, who will take part in anti-racism workshops.At last year's event Altidore was joined by winger Adam Johnson to share experiences with the pupils.
Altidore and Johnson were on the question panel with former Sunderland captain, Gary Bennett, Trevor Benjamin, Dean Gordon and Richard Offiong.
The following day will see St James' Park host an event in which Yoan Gouffran and Gabriel Obertan will join former stars Olivier Bernard and John Anderson.
Show Racism the Red Card's previous visit to St James', saw Gael Bigirimana and James Tavernier help spread the message of equality.
The final leg of the tour will be at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Friday 6th, where guests will include former Boro midfielder, Neil Maddison, who showed support for last term's Teesside event, where goalkeeper Jason Steele and striker Kei Kamara, spoke to pupils about their experiences and advised them to report racism to an adult whenever they encounter it.
Members of the first team squads from each club will be on hand to answer questions from the young people and make statements about why they believe racism is wrong.
Laura Pidcock, SRtRC North East Education Team Manager said: “It is absolutely fantastic that the biggest 3 clubs in the North East are showing their solidarity with the efforts of Show Racism the Red Card and in the same week."
"Through determined anti-racism education work we know that attitudes change, we have seen it."
"What we also know that during a time of worsening economic conditions, blame is readily placed at minority communities doors. It is more important than ever that we challenge the toxic myths about immigrants, that we provide young people and adults an alternative view and that we are having brave conversations.”