On Tuesday 24th May the Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) team were at Westminster to host a Parliamentary Showcase.
The event took part in the Macmillan Room of Portcullis House and aimed to raise awareness to Members of Parliament for the need of government funding to allow the campaign to carry on the educational work that is has done for the last twenty years. The event was attended by over seventy guests, some of which were Politicians from a cross-section of parties.
Former Queens Park Rangers, Fulham and West Ham United footballer, Leroy Rosenior, chaired the showcase and started by congratulating Show Racism the Red Card on twenty years of fantastic work. Leroy then introduced Christine Blower who is the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and a big supporter of the campaign. Christine spoke about how the NUT is fully committed to ensuring that schools are safe places for children which can be seen through the partnership work of the NUT and SRtRC, which provides teacher training on how to tackle racism in the classroom and promote equality.
Keir Starmer, Labour MP for Holborn & St Pancras was the next to address the crowd and he also spoke about the great work of the campaign. He highlighted that thanks to the work of Show Racism the Red Card a football stadium was now a safe place for him to take his children. He also spoke about the Arsenal F.C educational club event that he attended in early May where he sat on the panel and answered questions of the young people. Next up was Laura Pidcock the Education Manager for SRtRC in the North East. Laura highlighted the brilliant work of the education team in the North East and explained the way in which they engage and converse with young people. To further highlight the need of the work done by the education team, Laura showed examples of the attitudes and questions that the young people have regarding racism and immigration.
Gavin Newlands, Scottish National Party MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North was next to speak at the parliamentary showcase. Gavin like others before him started by congratulating Show Racism the Red Card on twenty years of anti-racism campaigning and then went on to highlight two key incidents of racism in Scottish football in 2016. Gavin stressed the need for the work to continue so that incidents like those mentioned would not be seen in the years to come.
John Bercow, Speaker at the House of Commons also attended the event to give his backing for the campaign and spoke about the scope and range of the work undertaken by the campaign. He also noted that he fully supports work that tackles all forms of discrimination and finished by pledging further support to Show Racism the Red Card.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card explained the history of the campaign and how one man, Shakka Hislop, had approached him with the idea of utilising the power of footballers as role models in society to tackle racism. Ged spoke about the challenges and opportunities of the organisation within 2016 and went on to highlight the fantastic work undertaken by the organisation in the last year, including the government funded project of tackling HBT bullying. And finally to round off a fantastic event, Leroy Rosenior gave a personal account of the racism that his family have suffered and why he strongly supports Show Racism the Red Card.
The campaign would like to thank everyone individual who took the time out of their day to speak at the parliamentary showcase on behalf of Show Racism the Red Card. A massive thank you to all the guests that attended the event and showed support for the organisation.