On Tuesday 8th March the campaign team were at Goodison Park to deliver an educational event
On Tuesday 8th March, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Goodison Park and worked in partnership with Everton F.C to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. Over 150 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in an educational workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
Young people from Liverpool City schools and Sefton Borough Schools arrived at Goodison Park in the afternoon and headed to the ‘Peoples Lounge’ where they would spend the remainder of the afternoon. After a quick introduction the young people went straight into a workshop conducted by Education Worker, Richard Offiong. The workshop allowed young people to explore stereotypes, think critically about the way in which we stereotype and allowed the young people to discuss the dangers of stereotyping.
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 afternoon 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.
On the panel was SRtRC Education Worker and former Newcastle United player, Richard Offiong. Joining Richard was Claudia Walker who plays for England Under 20’s and Everton Ladies. Also on the panel were two club legends and former Everton players, Graham Stuart and Graeme Sharp. Adding to the panel was Show Racism the Red Card patron and Liverpool F.C's first black player, Howard Gayle. To round off an already fantastic panel was Everton first team player, Brendan Galloway.
— r i c h a r d (@richard_offiong) March 8, 2016
Young people from each primary school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. How can you stop racism? Have you or anybody you know suffered from racism? Have you witnessed racism? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer.
The current and former players were recalling their experiences of racism on and off the pitch and explaining how it made them feel. A prize was generously donated from the club and was given out to the pupil who asked the best question on the day.The question they asked was ‘Is global racism getting better or worse?
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Everton F.C for their ongoing support, and a special thank you to Helen Mayo and Henry Mooney for all their help in organising the event. A massive thank you to FIFPro and both Sefton and Liverpool City Councils for their ongoing support of the campaign.The power of role models should never be under estimated, therefore a massive thank you to Richard Offiong, Claudia Walker, Graham Stuart, Graeme Sharp, Howard Gayle and Brendan Galloway. And finally, a massive thank you to all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.
— ShowRacismtheRedCard (@SRTRC_England) March 8, 2016