The SRtRC campaign team were at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday 8th December to host an educational event
“By joining forces with Show Racism the Red Card to deliver a day’s workshop for local Primary School children we’re hoping it will provide awareness of the effects of racism for the next generation of Spireites and ensure the Proact Stadium remains a great place for everyone to watch football.”
Michael Noon, Sport & Activity Officer Chesterfield Football Club
On Tuesday 8th December, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the Proact Stadium and worked in partnership with Chesterfield F.C and Chesterfield Community Trust to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. 70 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in a carousel of workshops. Unstone Junior, Spire Junior, North Wingfield, Temple Normanton, Wigley, Penny Acres, Brimington Junior and Mary Swanick were the schools that took part in the three different workshops.
The first of the workshops was led by Education Worker, Rosie Ferries, from SRtRC who delivered a workshop which made the young people explore stereotypes and think critically about the way in which we stereotype. The young people engaged in thoughtful and honest conversation with their peers about the dangers of stereotyping and the reasons of why we stereotype.
The second workshop which was on offer was conducted by Yvonne and Lisa from Global Education Derby who ran a workshop which explored identity and belonging. The workshop involved a number of tasks which allowed the young people from different schools to engage and converse with each other.
Ground tours were the third workshop on offer during the day which were led by Keith from Chesterfield F.C Community Trust who gave the young people a well-deserved stretch of the legs and a chance to view the 10,500 seat stadium. The young people got a chance to view the trophy cabinet, walk pitch side and sit in the stands while also having a chance to ask any questions they wished.
After lunch the young people reflected on the workshops from the morning and spoke about the key issues which has been discussed. The young people further developed their understanding of racism by watching the 22-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism.
Throughout the day the young people had been asked to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of special guests at the end of the day. With suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel.
Education Worker, Rosie Ferries, was the first individual to sit on the panel to answer the questions from the young people. Rosie was joined by Chief Executive of Chesterfield F.C Community Trust and Chesterfield F.C Director, John Croot. Also joining Rosie and John was former Nottingham Forrest, Lincoln City and Chesterfield player and Equalities Education Executive for the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), Jason Lee. Finally, to top off an excellent panel were first team Chesterfield F.C players Dion Donahue, Jay O’Shea and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Young people from each primary school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. How did racism start? How many people have suffered from racism? Has anybody you know suffered from racism? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. The current and former players shared gripping stories with the audience regarding their experience of racism in the game. The other panel members provided brilliant advice for the young people on how to report racism and what each person can do to tackle racism.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Chesterfield F.C and in particular Michael, Keith and Jack for all their help in organising and running the educational event. The campaign would also like to thank Yvonne and Lisa from Global Education Derby for taking the time to attend the educational event and run a workshop which highlighted the brilliant work they are doing. A massive thank you to Derbyshire County Council for their continued support of the campaign and for proving the opportunity to run an educational event in the Derbyshire area. The power of role models should never be under estimated, therefore a massive thank you to John Croot, Jason Lee, Dion Donahue, Jay O’Shea and Syvlan Ebanks-Blake for taking the time out of their day to come and engage with the young people. And finally, a big thank you to all the young people for their honest engagement form start to finish.