The Daggers support SRtRC messages against racism and Tackling Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
SRtRC returned to Dagenham & Redbridge FC for an educational event with the SRtRC Hall of Fame members. This year’s event had a focus on racism and stereotypes and also Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying and language.
Sixty Year 5 pupils from Churchfields Primary School in the borough of Redbridge were able to attend the event and take part in educational workshops. SRtRC worked with young people to explore a definition of racism and look at where stereotypes come from and Matthew and Jasmine from local group Redbridge Rainbow led a workshop that examined HBT Bullying and the power of language.
The pupils also had the opportunity to take in a tour of the Victoria Road stadium, seeing behind the scenes and finding out about the history of the club.
In the afternoon, everyone returned to see a screening of the SRtRC film and take part in a Question and Answer session with a panel of very special guests. Joining us were Ashley Chambers and Ashley Hemmings from the Daggers first-team, John Ward Corporate Equalities Manager at Redbridge Council, Lindsay England, founder of Just a Ball Game?, Matthew Walters, chairman of Redbridge Rainbow Community and David Landau, Redbridge Equalities & Community Committee.
Following the Question and Answer session the panel chose their favourite questions of the afternoon to receive some prizes from SRtRC, including T-Shirts and mini-footballs. All of the attendees were able to take away SRtRC goody bags and signed D&RFC posters.
In addition, Daggers game on Saturday 27th February was their annual designated anti-racism match. Young were able to attend for 50p and reduced cost for adults of £4.99. Players wore T-Shirts and displayed the SRtRC red cards, while coaching staff and manager John Still wore campaign badges.
SRtRC thanks D&RFC for this initiative and continuous support. Big thanks also for the event to Redbridge Council, particularly Mike O’Hanlon and Claire Barnes for their help in organising the event, Redbridge Rainbow and Richard Tyne at Daggers. SRtRC will look forward to more work in the area soon!