The campaign team were at Goodison Park to deliver an anti-racism educational event to over 120 young people
“The work of Show Racism the Red Card is really important in educating young people on how to stand up against racism and teach them about embracing diversity.
“As a Club and charity, we pride ourselves on the work that we do all year round to promote equality and eliminate discrimination and our relationship with Show Racism the Red Card helps us to do this.”
Everton F.C Ambassador, Graeme Sharp
On Tuesday 18th October, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Goodison Park and worked in partnership with Everton Football Club & Everton in the Community to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. Over 120 young people from 23 different local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in an educational workshop, see a screening of the SRtRC film and take part in a Q&A with a panel of special guests.
After a quick introduction to the afternoon the young people went straight into an educational workshop which was led by Campaign Coordinator, Gavin Sutherland, from SRtRC. The workshop helped young people explore stereotypes and think critically about the way in which we stereotype. The young people engaged in thoughtful and honest conversation with their peers about 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.
With suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel. Lynn Collins, Regional Secretary of the North West TUC and a long-time supporter of the campaign, sat on panel to answer questions from young people. Also joining Lynn was former Everton F.C footballer and current Club Ambassador, Graeme Sharp. Joining Lynn and Graeme on the panel were Everton F. C’s young starlets Calum Dyson and Nathan Holland. Both have been at Everton F.C since primary school age and have recently signed their first professional contracts at the club.
Young people from each primary school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. How do you feel about racism? When playing for Everton do you come across racism? How do you plan on stopping racism? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. The current and former players explained to the young what they should do if they experience racism and who they can report it to. The other panel members provided brilliant advice for the young people on how to report racism and what each person can do to tackle racism. Jake from Springwell Park won two match tickets for asking the best question on the day. Jake asked ‘Why has racism been brought into football when football is a team sport?’.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Everton F.C for their support in organising the event, a special thanks to Jennie Kozlowski and Henry Mooney for all their help and support. A big thank you to Lynn Collins for her continued support of the campaign and for giving SRtRC the opportunity to work in the North West region. A massive thank you to Liverpool City Council & Sefton Council who continue to be fantastic supports of the campaign and a special thank you to Sandra Tai and Robert Brennan. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Graeme Sharp, Calum Dyson and Nathan Holland. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.