Club host annual anti-discrimination event which focused on themes of bullying, identity and difference
Almost 120 young people from four local schools visited Selhurst Park to explore issues of identity and equality and to learn more about their role in tackling homophobic, biphobic & transphobic bullying.
Crystal Palace FC have been very supportive to Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) over many years and it was great to be back at Selhurst Park to work with the excellent Crystal Palace Study Centre.
The young people from across Croydon took part in a range of workshops and activities which focused on the issues of Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia and examined the power of language.
Staff from SRtRC also led an anti-racism workshop which looked at stereotypes and the influence of the media and encouraged the young people to think critically about their world view and their opinions of certain groups.
The Crystal Palace Study Centre lead tours of the stadium as part of an action-packed morning.
During the lunch break, those in attendance saw a screening of SRtRC’s anti homophobia education film Homophobia; Lets Tackle It which features sporting role models including Gareth Thomas and Martina Navratilova.
The afternoon session began with a recap of some of the issues discussed during the morning workshops before the young people watched a screening of SRtRC’s anti-racism education film in preparation for a special Q + A session.
In advaance of the session, the young people were played a specially-recorded message from Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew who explained his support for SRtRC and encouraged the young people to report bullying when they witness it.
SRtRC educator and former professional footballer Francis Duku was joined on the panel by Crystal Palace FC striker Dwight Gayle, who took time out from training to answer questions about bullying from the young people.
The Q + A session was lively and featured several fantastic questions, with prizes handed out for the panel’s favourite selection.
The day closed with an autograph session with Gayle and Duku working overtime to sign over 120 autographs for the Croydon pupils.
SRtRC would like to thank everyone at Crystal Palace FC and the Crystal Palace Study Centre, especially Susan Jackson.