Over 120 young people from three Manchester schools visit the Etihad Stadium to take part in activities designed to explore the issue of racism in society
Manchester City FC hosted the final Show Racism the Red Card anti-racism education event of the season on Tuesday, inviting over 120 young people from across Manchester to the Etihad Stadium to learn about racism, its impacts and their role in challenging it.
The event was generously sponsored by Manchester City Council and provided a unique opportunity to spread positive messages about Manchester’s approach to celebrating diversity.
Pupils from St Mary’s RC Primary School, St Augustine's CE Primary School and Haveley Hey Community School took part in activities led by Show Racism the Red Card which encouraged them to safely reflect on the power of stereotypes and assumptions and consider their relevance in providing a foundation for the development of prejudice.
The activities covered issues including religious and cultural stereotypes and provided an opportunity to discuss appropriate terminology when considering people from different nationalities and those with a variety of skin colours.
Following the workshop, the young people enjoyed a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card anti-racism education film which features players from across the world, including Manchester City’s own James Milner, discussing their experiences of racism and their reflections on the value of working with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
Having watched the film, the young people were then given the opportunity to put their questions about racism and its impacts to two former professional footballers; both of whom have become anti-racism campaigners and ambassadors after finishing their playing careers.
Former Manchester City goalkeeper and City in the Community ambassador Alex Williams spoke to the young people about his experiences of racism during his career, explaining that there was little support for players like himself who were the targets of racist abuse and that you were expected just to get on with it, despite how much it hurt.
Joining Alex was Show Racism the Red Card patron Howard Gayle; Liverpool FC’s first black footballer. Howard talked passionately about the verbal and physical abuse that dominated his childhood as the only black person in his school and stressed to the young people the importance of reporting racism rather than reacting to it.
Prizes were awarded for Alex and Howard’s favourite questions of the day and the young people took full advantage of the opportunity to get autographs from the two North West legends.
An additional report from Show Racism the Red card’s anti-racism education event with Manchester City can be viewed here.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Manchester City for their hospitality and Manchester City Council for their continued support for the campaign. Thanks also go to the team at City in the Community.
Special thanks go to SRtRC Hall of Famers Howard Gayle and Alex Williams for their honest and inspirational answers and advice, and for giving up their time so generously.
A big thank you to all of the young people who took part in the event and to their teachers for recognising the importance of safe and responsible discussions about the issue of racism.