Show Racism the Red Card congratulated by Professional Footballers Association on 20 years of campaigning with commitment to greater support for anti-racism education provision supported by current & former professional footballers
“The engagement with current & former players during that period, in educating young people in particular, against racism and discrimination has been outstanding. The development of education resources including films, magazines, calendars, posters and events at football clubs to extend the message has been truly inspirational and long may this continue.”
Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive, the Professional Footballers Association
2016 represented a milestone for Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC); 20 years of successful anti-racism campaigning. Over two decades, SRtRC has developed its model for educating about racism through the utilisation of role models from professional football, as well as other aspects of public life.
To this end, the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) have been a vital supporter of the work carried out by SRtRC; both by providing essential funding, and by encouraging its members to use their power & influence to help advance society, both during their careers and once they have retired.
Earlier this week, Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive of the PFA wrote to SRtRC to confirm that the union 'were now in a position to increase the funding offered in recent years' and reaffirming the organisations 'commitment & backing' for SRtRC, 'which after 20 years is stronger than ever'.
Speaking about the longstanding partnership, Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive of the PFA said “The engagement with current & former players during that period, in educating young people in particular, against racism and discrimination has been outstanding.”
“The development of education resources including films, magazines, calendars, posters and events at football clubs to extend the message has been truly inspirational and long may this continue.”
During the 2015/16 season, 65 current professional footballers and 26 former professional footballers attended and took part in Show Racism the Red Card's anti-racism education events at football clubs and in schools.
SRtRC are delighted to announce that the PFA have agreed to increase its financial support for an extended period culminating in the 2018/19 season.
Speaking about the welcome news, Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of SRtRC said “We are extremely grateful to the PFA for increasing our sponsorship in these difficult times of austerity. The support of the PFA and their members is crucial to our organisations development and to have a new three year agreement really helps us plan our work over this period.”
“At a time when racism is on the increase in the UK, there are more and more demands on our campaign for our anti-racism education work. With the support of the trade union movement we are confident we can rise to this challenge in the next three years.”
The PFA have already supported the following anti-racism education events at football clubs during the 2016/17 season, with many more to be delivered over the coming months.