Primary school pupils joined by club captain Curis Davies & Scotland full-back Andrew Robertson to learn more about how to tackle racism
The Show Racism the Red Card campaign visited Hull City AFC’s KC Stadium last week to give a group of young people from Collingwood Primary School the opportunity to have a safe discussion about racism and prejudice and to learn what they can do to make Humberside a better place.
The event was organised in partnership with the Hull City Education & Sporting Trust and local education partners ‘Run With It’ who deliver a range of education-based activities that promote participation and inclusion.
Over 60 young people arrived at the KC for the event and began by taking part in an anti racism workshop designed to help deconstruct stereotypes and explore the role that assumptions can play in the development of racism. Through self discovery, the young people explored new ways of analysing information and began a journey into how to recognise prejudice.
The pupils from years five and six showed great maturity and inquisitive thinking skills during the session which included a definition of racism and some suggestions on how to tackle it.
Following the workshop, the young people then watched the SRtRC anti-racism education film which uses the profile of professional footballers to provide an overview of the history of racism and to deliver advice to pupils about what they should do if they ever experience prejudice or discrimination.
As the film ended, two very special guests arrived to share their experiences and answer questions from the pupils. Hull City AFC captain Curtis Davies and Scottish international full-back Andrew Robertson were quizzed by the young people on racism and asked for their perspective on what they would do if they or a team mate was the target of racist abuse.
Robertson told the young people that they should always report racism to an adult; be that a teacher, coach or parent or carer, whilst Davies described an incident from earlier in his career when a team mate was the target of racism from an opposition player. Both provided lots of positive messages about the benefits of working with team mates from all over the world and spoke about Hull City AFC’s approach to tackling discrimination.
Prizes were awarded for the best three questions of the session, with a very high standard of questioning from all of the young people taking part.
SRtRC would like to thank all those involved in the event, and give special thanks to Hull City AFC players and role models Curtis Davies & Andrew Robertson for taking the time to get involved.