On Monday 20th November 2017, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the Proact Stadium and worked in partnership with Chesterfield FC & Chesterfield FC Community Trust to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. Over 200 young people from several local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in an educational workshop and take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
Young people from local primary schools arrived at the Proact Stadium in the afternoon and headed to the room where they would spend the remainder of the afternoon. After a quick introduction to the afternoon the young people went into an educational workshop which was conducted by Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, from SRtRC. The workshop made 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 had been asked throughout the afternoon to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of special guests and with suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel.
Steph O’Brien who is a the 1st team Manager of Chesterfield Ladies and the Activities Officer at Chesterfield FC Community Trust was the first person to join the panel. Joining Steph, were former Chesterfield FC players Jason Lee and Ritchie Humphreys. First team players Joe Rowley and Connor Dimaio took the time out of their day to sit on the panel and answer the young people’s questions regarding racism.
Young people put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. How do you deal with Racism? Have any of you ever experienced racism? How much does racism get used in Football? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. The panel explained to the young people what they should do if they experience racism and who they can report it to. The panel also provided brilliant advice on what each person can do to tackle racism. Prizes were given out to the three best questions asked to the panel. Chesterfield FC kindly donated a match ticket to every young person who attended the event for their upcoming game against Barnet FC.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Chesterfield FC and Chesterfield Community Trust for their support in organising the event and a special thank you Steph O’Brien who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Ritchie, Steph, Jason, Joe and Connor. A big thank you to the Professional Footballers Association who continue to support the work of Show Racism the Red Card and make events lie this possible. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.