Full day of activities for young people with The Foxes
“Cumbria Constabulary recognise the important work carried out by Show Racism the Red Card and we are delighted, once again, to be working in partnership with both SRtRC and Carlisle United to raise awareness of hate crime and the devastating impact it can have.”
Julie Dodd, Force Diversity Officer, Cumbria Constabulary
Carlisle United FC hosted a full-day Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) educational event for young people from three local primary schools at Brunton Park on Thursday 20th November.
In the afternoon, players from CUFC, Mark Gillespie and Brad Potts were able to join a panel which included former professional footballer, manager and SRtRC patron Gary Bennett and Force Diversity Officer, Julie Dodd, to answer young people’s questions about racism.
Mark and Brad both advised young people to “report racism to a responsible adult” during the session. Gary was able to present a picture of levels of discrimination in football during the eighties and nineties, which contrasted starkly with the relatively few occurrences of racism from supporters in UK during 2014.
In the morning, young people from Castle Carrock, St Bede’s and Brook Street Primary Schools took part in workshops delivered by SRtRC and Cumbria Constabulary.
The SRtRC workshop focussed on stereotypes, terminology and a definition of racism. Cumbria Constabulary delivered workshops that explained what Hate Crime is and how to prevent it. The third workshop was provided by Carlisle United Football in the Community, who organised some fun football activities on the indoor pitch at Brunton Park.
Before the event Julie Dodd, told us “Cumbria Constabulary recognise the important work carried out by Show Racism the Red Card and we are delighted, once again, to be working in partnership with both SRtRC and Carlisle United to raise awareness of hate crime and the devastating impact it can have.”
In addition to screening the SRtRC film and question and answer session in the afternoon, SRtRC made pens and note paper available for young people to make notes so they could produce their own newspaper-style reports of the event. There will be a prize for the favourite event report of the day.
There were also prizes available for the best questions of the afternoon of SRtRC mini-footballs and T-Shirts. All of the young people who attended received a SRtRC goody bag including magazine and wrist band and were able to collect signatures from Mark, Brad and Gary.
SRtRC would like to thank CUFC and Carlisle United Football in the Community for their ongoing support and hosting the event. Big thanks also to Cumbria Constabulary; particularly Julie Dodd and Dawn for leading the Hate Crime workshops. Thank you to all the schools, young people and teachers for taking part.