The Show Racism the Red Card team were delighted to be able to visit Hampden Park on Friday 4th March to deliver an anti-racism educational event with local primary pupils from the Glasgow area.
“This is a fantastic campaign. Obviously as a women and girls football club, we feel very strongly about gender equality and actively look to ensure every young boy or girl grows up aware that opportunities for everyone should be the same and that all people should be treated equally and with respect.
“This is the same with race, ethnicity and religion, no matter a person’s country of birth. Over the past few years, our club has been fortunate enough to have a number of different nationalities playing for us and without doubt, this mix has enabled Glasgow City to be an even greater and more vibrant football club and one within which our players and staff have thrived as individuals.”
Club Manager of Glasgow City, Laura Montgomery
Glasgow City FC players joined the SRtRC team in the afternoon to take questions from the young people. This is the first educational event we have delivered with a professional women’s team in Scotland.
Pupils from Mount Florida Primary and Kings Park Primary attended the stadium for the event. It featured a carousel of educational workshops in the morning exploring assumptions about racism, looking at stereotypes, reasons why people move. We invited Police Scotland to deliver a workshop on Hate Crime, these sessions look at defining what a hate crime is, how it can affect people and communities, the consequences on being involved in hate crime and how we can safely and effectively challenge it.
During the afternoon session Show Racism the Red Card screened their anti-racism educational film, which features some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba. The pupils then had the opportunity to act as media journalists as part of a role play activity and posed some tough questions to a guest panel. The panel included Sarah Crilly who plays for Glasgow City FC and has been capped by Scotland, Amy McDonald full time Head of Youth for Glasgow City, retired player and former Scotland internationalist, Carol Anne Stewart, Chairperson of Glasgow City and co-founder of the club representatives Fiona and Marie Therese from Police Scotland and SRtRC Campaign Manager Nicola Hay.
Nicola Hay Campaign Manager, Show Racism the Red Card, said:“The dangers of racism are significant and education is vital in order that young people can recognise these and other forms of discrimination and be equipped to safely challenge them as they grow and develop.
“Schools in the area are very keen to engage with the campaign and the young people we have worked with are very positive about it.