Show Racism the Red Card team up with Tigers Trust to help tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools
150 young people from two local schools visited Hull City FC’s Airco Arena, part of the KC Stadium development, to take part in an initiative to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying which is being funded by the Department of Education and Government Equality Office.
Pupils from Collingwood Primary School and St George’s Primary School took part in a range of workshops delivered by staff from Show Racism the Red Card, including activities designed to explore their understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, and their role in helping to prevent bullying.
The young people were asked to consider the power of language with regards to homophobic bullying and to reflect on how freedom of speech can affect freedom of identity.
SRtRC staff also delivered a workshop which focused on racism and stereotypes, encouraging the young people to think critically about the information they receive regarding particular groups and communities.
Staff from the Tigers Trust also took young people on a tour of Hull City FC’s KC Stadium which included a visit to the changing rooms and a walk round the pitch.
After lunch, SRtRC staff delivered a recap on some of the key learning points from thorough the day before inviting the young people to take part in a unique question and answer session with some very special guests.
Hull City FC first team players Alex Bruce and Isaac Hayden faced a series of very thoughtful and articulate questions from the young people, including one from Olivia who asked why gay and lesbian people are often the targets of bullying and David who asked the players what they would do to tackle racism in society if they were part of the government!
— Tigers Trust (@tigerstrust) January 19, 2016
Both Alex and Isaac shared their own experiences of bullying and encouraged young people not to react with bullying of their own but to report incidents to an adult in order that something could be done about it.
The event finished with an autograph signing session where young people thanked the players for attending.
SRtRC would like to thank everyone at Hull City FC and the Tigers Trust for their continued support for the campaign, and would like to say a special thank you to Alex and Isaac for giving up their time to answer the young people’s questions.
— ShowRacismtheRedCard (@SRTRC_England) January 19, 2016