Liverpool FC host brilliant Awards Ceremony
Liverpool FC hosted a star-studded Awards Ceremony for winners of the Show Racism the Red Card School Competition 2015 at Anfield on Tuesday 28th April.
Young people from schools throughout England attended the event in the Reds Lounge, Anfield. It proved to be a great venue for winners and guests to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and recognition of the inspiring work by young people from the Country’s schools.
On arrival all of the guests were able to enjoy the balloon modelling skills of Martin Bennett and take away one of his unique creations. They were also able to view an exhibition of Colin Yates’ football inspired artwork. Mr Silky Skills, Richard Braithwaite was also in attendance, encouraging young people (and some adults) to get involved and join him in doing some freestyle tricks.
Liverpool FC arranged for the Champions League trophy to be at the event so all guests could get a photo with this historic and biggest of trophies!
Guests and winners alike gave the events special guest hosts, Lisa Rogers and Alex Winters a great welcome and Martin from Balloonimals presented them with balloon caricatures he’d made.
Former Liverpool FC legends Howard Gayle and Robbie Fowler were the event’s special guests of honour, they were involved the presenting of all the prizes during the afternoon.
Winners of the competition received a football shirt of their choice, England shirt, certificate and A2 replica of their entry. A full list of winners is available here.
Guest presenters joined Robbie and Howard in presenting the prizes to young people of all ages and abilities. Entries ranged from artwork to creative writing to film. The films were screened and many of the young people were brave enough to read out their creative writing entries, which were all very well received by the audience.
Our thanks to guest presenters who included patrons of the campaign, Dave Bennett, Rachel Brown-Finnis, Frank Sinclair, Graeme Sharp and Ken Monkou; Liverpool Ladies striker, Ashley Hodson; Chief Executive of the PFA, Gordon Taylor, Assistant Chief Executive, John Bramhall; Assistant Mayor of Liverpool Ann O’Byrne, Liverpool City Council, Chief Executive, Ged Fitzgerald & School Improvement Client Officer, Sandra Tai; Regional Manager, UNISON North-West, Lynne Morris; Candidate for Liverpool Walton, Steve Rotheram, Young Mayor of North Tyneside, Abbie Armstrong; Sefton CVS, Chief Executive, Angela White and Community Development Worker, Robert Brennan; FA Inclusion Officer, Jonathan Mills, Jannine Agitha and John Au of the Anthony Walker Foundation, Equality and Inclusion Adviser at Liverpool FC, Michelle Kirk, Director of Communications Susan Black, General Counsel, Natalie Wignall, Thompsons Solicitors, Carla Bennett, Everton U-21 players, David Henen, Russell Griffiths and Brendan Galloway.
At the end of the event, Christine Blower, General Secretary of The National Union of Teachers presented prizes to the Overall Winners. It hadn’t been an easy decision for the judges, but Christine announced that the film from Whinney Banks Primary School, Middlesbrough had been chosen as the overall winning entry. Thanks to the NUT, the overall winners received an i-pad for their school and a cheque for £500. Whinney Banks’s winning film and the other multi-media entries will be available on our YouTube channel from next week.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank the competition sponsors, UNISON, the National Union of Teachers and the Professional Footballers' Association. Masive thanks too, to Liverpool FC for hosting the event, our fantastic special guest hosts Lisa Rogers and Alex Winters, all of the presenters of prizes, in particular Howard Gayle and Robbie Fowler, football clubs and sponsors which donated prizes, all of the teachers who ran the SRtRC School Competition 2015 within their schools, and most importantly a big thank you to all of the young people who created entries for this year’s competition.