Over 50 young people visit Valley Parade to learn more about the effects of Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia
Bradford City FC hosted the latest education event as part of Show Racism the Red Card’s (SRtRC) Tackling HBT project.
Over 50 pupils from three local schools - Southfield Grange, Whetley Academy and Wellington Primary School – visited the club’s historic stadium to take part in a range of educational activities designed to explore issues surrounding racism and homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
Anti-racism workshops focused on stereotypes and assumptions and the role that they can play in supporting racism, and asked young people to reflect on their perceptions of people.
The Tackling HBT Bullying workshop explored definitions and examples of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, with a focus on prejudicial language and behaviour and the role of human rights in supporting equality.
The young people were also taken on a tour of Valley Parade and given an overview of some of the notable moments in the club’s history including the FA Cup triumph of 1911 and the tragic fire of 1985.
Following a break for lunch, the young people watched a screening of SRtRC’s anti-racism education film which features professional footballers and young people talking about their experiences of prejudice and discrimination and providing advice about what should people should do if they suffer from bullying.
To draw the event to a close, Bradford City FC winger Mark Marshall and Bradford in the Community director and former professional footballer Ian Ormondroyd formed part of a special panel; answering young people’s questions on bullying, homophobia, biphobia & transphobia and racism.
Mark and Ian were joined by Lindsay England, founder of Just a Ball Game; an organisation which campaigns to tackle homophobia within football, who provided her experiences, both personal and professional, of HBT bullying.
After a thoughtful and lively Q + A session, prizes were handed out for the panel’s favourite questions of the day and the young people were given the opportunity to get Mark’s autograph as a memento of the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank the Department for Education and Government Equalities Office for providing the funding to tackle this pernicious form of bullying.
Big thanks also go to all of the young people who took part in a brilliant day of discussions and all those at Bradford City FC and Bradford City in the Community for their continued support for SRtRC.