Young people from schools and colleges across Scotland joined with major names from the world of Scottish football at Hampden Park on Tuesday 10th May to celebrate diversity.
“Promoting equality is really important to us at Giffnock. Working with charities such as Show racism the Red Card can enhance our learning and teaching programmes as well as providing excellent professional development training for staff too. We thank the charity for all their hard work and for a wonderful day for Lucy and her family. Never forgotten!”
Depute Headteacher Ms Rawley Giffnock Primary
Each year Show Racism the Red Card Scotland runs a creative competition to ask young people to come up with a creative way of promoting our messages of anti-racism and anti-sectarianism. This is the 12th awards ceremony that we have had at Hampden Park and is a really great opportunity to show our appreciation to the young people of Scotland for all their hard work and effort in making a stand against racism and sectarianism. The theme is this year’s competition was ‘This Is My Home”.
Almost 1000 young people across Scotland took part in this year’s competition with entrants coming from as far as the Isle of Skye and Aberdeen to schools in the central belt. The competition sends a clear message that young people want Scotland to be a welcoming and multi-cultural society. The prize giving is the highlight of the Scottish calendar in challenging racism and sectarianism.
Football clubs across Scotland continue to support Show Racism the Red Card by donating a variety of prizes for the winners. Alyshia Walker from Glasgow City FC, Anna Signuel the Scotland Womens team coach, Mark Hateley former Rangers player and Craig Gordon from Celtic FC were on hand on the day to present the young people with their prizes.
Having the support of professional football clubs has a tremendously positive impact on young people participating in the Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
Sky Sports presenter David Tanner hosted the event and Sky Sports donated one of the star prizes of tickets for the Scottish Cup final and a chance to meet the Sky Sports team. Lucy Eccles from Giffnock Primary in East Renfrewshire was delighted to win this prize.
ASLEF the Union kindly donated another star prize of an Ipad Air and this was won by an ecstatic Milly Pearson from Albyn School in Aberdeen.
Nicola Hay, Show Racism the Red Card said, “The competition is now in its 12th year and continues to be a highly successful and integral part of our Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
“I am amazed at how creative our young people can be in finding ways to get the anti-racism and anti-sectarianism messages across. Everyone participating in the competition should be congratulated for their inspirational work. The 1000 young people who took part in the competition are giving Scotland a clear message – the country they want to live in has no room for racism and sectarianism.”
“The competition and the work that we do across Scotland encourages young people to think critically about myths and stereotypes towards minority groups as well as educating against prejudice. “
Mrs Reid from Giffnock Primary whose pupils Lucy Eccles won the Primary 1 – 2 category said:-
“We are so very proud of Lucy and her design, her creativity was specially commented upon by one of the judges who is an artist. The competition was part of the resources we used in our religious and moral education programme.”