On Tuesday 19th December 2017, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event Poolfoot Farm Sports & Leisure complex the training ground of Fleetwood Town FC. The campaign worked in partnership with Fleetwood Town Football Club & Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. Roughly 40 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in an educational workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and then take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
Young people from a local primary school arrived at Poolfoot Farm in the afternoon and headed to the classroom 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 further developed their understanding by watching the 22-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism.
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.
Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, sat on the panel to help answer the questions from the young people about racism. Also on the panel were Fleetwood Town FC players Alex Reid and Harrison Biggins.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Is racism the biggest problem we face in the world today? When did racism start? If I saw someone being racist who could I tell? Have you ever been scared to play football in front of racist fans? These 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. Fleetwood Town FC kindly donated a free ticket to all the young people at the event for an upcoming Fleetwood Town FC game.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Fleetwood Town FC for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Jake Anderton who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Ben, Alex and Harrison. A big thank you to the Professional Footballers Association who continue to support the work of Show Racism the Red Card and make events like 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.