Video of our club event at Newport Gwent Dragons including interviews with young people courtesy of the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner.
We recently visited Rodney Parade for our event with the Newport Gwent Dragons supported by Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston.
An overview video of the event produced by the Police and Crime Commissioners department can be viewed HERE.
The video also features interviews with Dragons players Aled Brew and Scott Andrews along with the PCC for Gwent.
Wales and Dragons winger, Aled Brew, has been on the receiving end of racist abuse in the past and believes events such as this one are vital in raising awareness that racism should not be tolerated: "Show Racism the Red Card is a great campaign which teaches kids right and wrong with regards to racism and bullying in general. It's important because they can take what they've learnt and spread the word that it's not acceptable. It's important the Commissioner supports campaigns such as this one which highlights that racism will not be tolerated here in Gwent.
I've been a victim of racist abuse as a player in the past. I was once abused by a section of a crowd during a game played outside of Wales. It was difficult but I had the support of my teammates and the club. The club we were playing against also dealt with the incident swiftly and have since cracked down on this type of behaviour. Campaigns like this are really important to help wipe out racist mentality once and for all."
Eleven year old Joseph from St Gabriel's Primary School was one of the pupils who took part in the event: "It was a really good day and I learnt that you can't judge people by their culture, race or religion," said Joseph.
Highlighting the importance of funding such initiatives, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: "Show Racism the Red Card do a fantastic job in Wales and play an essential role in helping to stem the tide of racism. I'm pleased to be able to support their work in Gwent which highlights why racism is poisonous and why it needs to be eradicated. I would also like to thanks the Newport Gwent Dragons rugby region for their support today. They have been involved with the campaign for several years.
Unfortunately there are pockets of racism in every part of society and children and young people are sadly influenced by what adults teach them. That's why it's important that we teach as many people as we can that there's no room for it in society. We need to work together as a community to raise awareness and eradicate it. Charities like Show Racism the Red Card play a vital role in spreading the word that it's not acceptable."