Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying Educational Event
Rotherham United FC hosted the first educational event for young people in a new project from Show Racism the Red Card, Tackling Homopbhobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying (HBT Bullying).
On Thursday October 1st, Year 7,8 and 9 pupils from Dinnington, Brinsworth and Winterhill Schools came to the New York Stadium for a full day event.
In the morning attendees took part in a carousel of workshops about racism and stereotypes, HBT bullying and language and a tour of the stadium. The pupils were engaged in the workshops which generated some excellent discussion.
Following a break for lunch which included a screening of the SRtRC resource ‘Homophobia - Let’s Tackle It’, all groups came back together to watch the Show Racism the Red Card film. The films and workshops allowed young people to think of some great questions about discrimination for a panel of special guests.
The panel included Rotherham United FC players Grant Ward and Aidy White and Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth, the Hate Crime lead officer at South Yorkshire Police. There was no shortage of questions about HBT Bullying and racism in sport and society and the panel gave open and honest answers.
The favourite questions of the afternoon received prizes of mini-footballs and SRtRC T-Shirts and the panel’s favourite question received a signed Rotherham United FC ball, generously donated by the club. The questions included:
“How would you get people to stay and how would you help people being bullied?”
“How do you feel about racism in society today?”
“Do you think people from different backgrounds get the same opportunities in football?”
All events under the Tackling HBT Bullying project are being evaluated by an external agency and NatCen Social Research, which will result in a comprehensive report into the impacts of this work.
Thank you to Rotherham United FC for hosting this event and working with SRtRC once again. Big thanks also to Grant Ward and Aidy White and CI Richard Butterworth for taking part in the panel and pupils and teachers from Dinnington, Winterhill and Brinsworth schools.