Over 80 young people from across Burnley take part in SRtRC event delivered in partnership with Burnley FC and Burnley in the Community
The Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) campaign visited Turf Moor last week to provide an opportunity for young people from the area to discuss the issue of racism and their role in preventing it.
Pupils from Springfield Community Primary School, Lomeshaye Primary and St John The Baptist Primary took part in a range of anti racism education workshops, as well as football-fun activities delivered by Burnley in the Community.
Staff from Show Racism the Red Card lead workshops that explored the themes of assumptions and stereotypes and encouraged the young people to analyse information and to try and find out answers for themselves. The workshops concluded by working through a definition of racism and examining some of the ways that it can manifest.
PFA-commissioned artist Colin Yates also lead an interactive workshop which looked at identity and difference, encouraging the young people to celebrate the diversity around them and reflect on the things that they have in common with others.
The young people also took advantage of their exciting surroundings by engaging in some football-based activities focused on teamwork and participation.
In the afternoon, the young people watched a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign film which uses professional footballers and role models from across the world to reinforce some of the key messages from throughout the day and to provide further information about racism, as well as advice on how to challenge it.
Throughout the day the young people were encouraged to think of questions about the issue of racism in preparation for a specially arranged press conference featuring professional footballers past and present.
Former Liverpool, Blackburn and Sunderland winger Howard Gayle spoke to participants about his personal experiences of racism within football and in wider society and used his position as a patron of the SRtRC campaign to highlight how racism has changed throughout his lifetime.
Joining Howard were three stars of the Burnley Development squad; defenders Waqas Azam & Lewis Norvock and midfielder Hamam El-Fitouri, all of whom provided their advice to young people on how to deal with racism if they encounter it in the communities in which they live.
The final panel member was England u21 and Burnley striker Marvin Sordell who spoke thoughtfully about his own experiences of racism during a game in Serbia with England, as well as providing examples of abuse he has witnessed playing club football in England.
Marvin advised the young people that some people are not aware about the potential offensiveness of things that they say, and that education is key to ensuring that racism is not an issue within society.
The panel were then given the difficult task of selecting their favourite questions from the budding ‘journalists’ and prizes were awarded to the winners. The young people left the event with autographs, Burnley FC’s official anti-racism squad poster and a range of educational materials from Show Racism the Red Card.
SRtRC would like to thank all of the young people involved in the day who took part with fantastic maturity and enthusiasm. Thanks go to all of the players past and present for giving up their time to engage with the young people in a discussion about this important subject, and to workshop providers Colin Yates and Burnley in the Community for their valuable contributions.
Thanks go to Burnley FC for their continued support for the SRtRC campaign, and to partners from the Professional Footballers Association who both fund and support SRtRC’s anti racism education work with football clubs.